May 20, 2022
To the parishioners of St. Martin de Porres Parish,
The Archdiocesan pastoral planning process includes decisions about local parishes being informed by the parish community. In recent years, the parishioners of St. Ann and St. Brendan parishes formed St. Martin de Porres Parish. Now you face decisions about what the parish, which includes two church buildings and a school, can support financially. It is understandable that these are difficult decisions.
After consulting with your pastor, Fr. Chris Palladino, and Archdiocesan leadership, we recognize that many in the parish and the wider community are not in favor of suspending liturgies at St. Brendan’s Church. It seems clear that more discussion about these matters is needed. For that reason, we are not suspending liturgies at St. Brendan’s Church on May 31st.
It is important to acknowledge that the parish faces compelling financial pressures that necessitate decisions about how the parish will assure its future. The decisions that must be reached impact all those who worship at St. Ann Church, St. Brendan Church, as well as the St. Brendan school families.
St. Martin de Porres Parish is facing significant operating shortfalls and the need for significant capital improvements for the functionality and safety of the buildings. Meeting this challenge will require the resources of the community, the parish, and the school. Therefore, I am asking that a working group, which will include parish representation, develop a financial plan by September 30, 2022, presenting a recommendation for the buildings and operations the parish can support. It is important that serious consideration is given to the impact that recommendations would have on both the parish and the school. Details about this process will be forthcoming.
I am very appreciative of the efforts many have given to sustain parish life in your community. It is my hope that this additional time for parish planning will lead to consensus regarding the best options that are feasible and can be sustained.
With the assurance of my prayers, I remain,
Devotedly yours in Christ,
Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap,
Archbishop of Boston