Yhope and Holy Family Summer Mass and Picnic

Yhope (Young Heralds of Pauline Evangelization) which meets 2 to 3 times a month for Reflection on the Holy Scriptures and Eucharistic Adoration decided to take advantage of the great weather and have a Mass and Picnic within the beauty of Houghton’s Pond in Milton, MA.

Fr. Michael arrived early in the morning to carve out an intimate and picturesque niche overlooking the pond for Holy Mass. The Mass was attended by over 30 young adults and a number of families that are part of our Holy Family Group in Boston.

The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Michael and the server was young Michael Thekaekara. The Music Ministry was Matt Kelly, Maria Perdomo, Natalia Perdomo, Thomas Ostrowski and Janice Nieves while the lectors were Tristan MacDonald and Sarah Chamberland, Andrew Genovese assisted as a Eucharistic Minister.

Fr. Michael Harrington with yHope and the Holy Family Group of Boston

Fr. Michael Harrington with yHope and the Holy Family Group of Boston






The Gospel of the day was the following from Matthew Chapter 6

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink,
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds in the sky;
they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns,
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are not you more important than they?
Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
Why are you anxious about clothes?
Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.
They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was clothed like one of them.
If God so clothes the grass of the field,
which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,
will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’
or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’
All these things the pagans seek.
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given you besides.
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.
Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”

Beautiful for the day we had!!!






Fr. Michael, in his homily, mentioned the pain and suffering experienced now by the family members and friends of the 9 people who were ruthlessly shot in a Christian Church in Charleston, South Carolina. In the midst of their suffering, Fr. Michael mentioned how they have taught us the virtue of forgiving love and mercy.

One by one, they looked to the screen in a corner of the courtroom on Friday, into the expressionless face of the young man charged with making them motherless, snuffing out the life of a promising son, taking away a loving wife for good, bringing a grandmother’s life to a horrific end. And they answered him with forgiveness.

“You took something very precious away from me,” said Nadine Collier, daughter of 70-year-old Ethel Lance, her voice rising in anguish. “I will never talk to her ever again. I will never be able to hold her again. But I forgive you. And have mercy on your soul.”

In the preceding words,these Christians modeled the love of Christ who said on the Cross, “Father Forgive them for they know not what they do.”







The Mass was followed by a picnic.







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