News Briefs

New Pastor Announcement

We are most pleased that Fr. Philip Dabney will serve as the new pastor of the Basilica, it will be good to welcome Fr. Dabney back to our community. He will arrive here this month to assume his new ministry, please keep him in prayer.

Fr. Joseph Tizio and Fr. Anthony Michalik will begin new ministry assignments. We thank them for there years of dedicated service to our parish and wish them well.

Religious Education Registration is Now Open.

Religious Education Registration for the 2023-2024 school year is now open. Our Faith Formation program for children and teens of all ages (Grade K-High School) will prepare young people for sacraments.  

Classes meet from 10:00am-11:00am on Sundays beginning September 24, 2023.

The Registration Fee is $50 per child. Registration forms are available at the Rectory Office or Online:

Bikes not bombs

Join the Bikes Not Bombs Community on a bike ride for social change on Sunday, September 10. With 10,

35, 50, 63 and 105 mile routes, there’s a ride for everyone. Riders depart from Jamaica Plain in Boston.

The celebration continues with a post-ride festival featuring live music and a delicious catered lunch.

Visit to register individually or as a team – or find volunteer opportunities at the

event. Your support helps Bikes Not Bombs use the bicycle as a vehicle for social change in Boston and throughout the Global South. Through its youth programming young people learn how to build and maintain bicycles they will keep as their own, provide meaningful jobs, ship thousands of bicycles to communities in the Global South, and reclaim thousands of donated bikes in the Greater Boston area.

Post Office will be Closed to Celebrate Labor Day

Postal Service employees across the commonwealth will celebrate Labor Day as all Post Offices will be closed on Monday, September 4, 2023. There will be no delivery of mail on the Labor Day, with the exception of guaranteed overnight parcels. Full retail and delivery services will resume on Tuesday, September 5, 2023.

As we celebrate our nation’s labor force, if you’re considering a new career or looking for work visit and you can search, by state, for available jobs near you. As the Postal Service’s Delivering for America Plan transforms USPS into the premier shipping provider in the nation, we need your help moving the nations mail and are currently hiring for positions in your area.

Spectacular Bridges Grace Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service issued four new Presorted First-Class Mail stamps featuring striking photographs of bridges. The structures range from modern to historic, pedestrian to car-carrying, and all are important landmarks in their communities.

 The Bridges stamps are intended for business mail users and are sold in self-adhesive coils of 3,000 and 10,000. Use of these stamps requires a special permit and a minimum quantity of 500 letters. 

 The stamp art features four bridges completed between 1938 and 2022: the multi-span steel through arch Arrigoni Bridge connecting the Connecticut municipalities of Middletown and Portland; the S-curved cable-stayed Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge between Council Bluffs, IA, and Omaha, NE; the steel truss Skydance Bridge topped by a public sculpture in Oklahoma City; and the basket-handle twin arch Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge connecting Bettendorf, IA, and Moline, IL.

 Bridges are among the oldest structures created by humans. In ancient times, simple slabs of stone spanned slow moving rivers. And in modern times, concrete and steel are used to cover vast distances. While the materials and designs have evolved from utilitarian structures to engineering marvels, bridges remain integral parts of American life, with over 600,000 bridges in the United States. The construction of bridges is a way to reinvigorate communities economically as well as create landmarks of regional pride. Many modern bridges are designed for use by cyclists and pedestrians as well as motorists, capturing the imagination of human possibility.

 Whether simply improving transit or vibrantly lighting the night with color-changing light displays, bridges remain vital connectors drawing together people, cities and the nation.

 Ethel Kessler, an art director for USPS, used existing photographs to design these stamps.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a crucial time to raise awareness, remove stigmas, and provide education about suicide. Having conversations about suicide is important because it reduces the stigma associated with the topic. By allowing for more open and honest communication, individuals with suicidal ideations can feel more empowered to seek help and are less likely to feel alone. Currently, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States. For ages 10-44, suicide is the second leading cause of death.

Anyone can participate in Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. There are activities that individuals, schools, offices, churches, and all types of organizations can conduct to bring awareness to suicide prevention.

Visit to download our Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Informational Packet. Look for Suicide Prevention Month under the How to Get Involved tab. Within the packet, there are ideas on how businesses, schools, religious institutions, athletic organizations, and even your family can become involved in spreading the message of suicide prevention.

Also, on the Suicide Prevention Month page you can click on #IWONTBESILENT to learn about The Jason Foundation’s campaign to reach as many citizens as possible with the positive message that suicide is preventable and enable those citizens to reach out for help for their loved ones and friends. You can download signs, brochures, flyers, and stickers to display. There is even a user guide to help you plan for the month-long campaign.

The Jason Foundation believes that education is the key to prevention. Our nation should be familiar with the warning signs associated with suicide, suicide facts and statistics, and how to find help for those at risk. Suicide can be preventable. Together, we can save lives. You may even save your co-worker, friend, neighbor’s child, a relative, or even your son or daughter. Are you up for the challenge?

Consumer Notification Service

Suffolk Register of Deeds Stephen J. Murphy announces a new Consumer Service available on

The Consumer Notification Service alerts a homeowner by email when a document is recorded at the Suffolk Registry of Deeds in their name or at their address.

Click on the link Consumer Notification Service appearing in the banner at the top of the website to create an account and register up to 3 separate properties in Suffolk County (Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop) about which you want to be notified.

Our free notification service, like the paid subscription services you see advertised on TV and radio, does not prevent a document from being recorded. If a document is recorded in the name or address of a Consumer Notification Service account holder – an email will be sent to the account holder notifying them of the document’s recording.

If you receive an email, please review the document at by clicking on Document Search and searching your name and address. After you review the document, if you have any concerns or believe you are a victim of fraud, please call (617) 788-6221 and ask to speak with an Assistant Register of Deeds.

All victims of fraud should contact local law enforcement authorities.

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