Matthew 13 Catholic Collaborative

Blessed Sacrament Parish and School, Walpole; and St. Mary Parish, E. Walpole

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Welcome to the Matthew 13 Catholic Collaborative, the Catholic Churches serving Walpole, East Walpole, and South Norwood, Mass., in the Archdiocese of Boston.

On June 2014, Blessed Sacrament Parish and School in Walpole and St. Mary’s Parish in East Walpole became part of a new pastoral collaborative under the Disciples in Mission pastoral plan for the Archdiocese of Boston. Disciples in Mission is a groundbreaking plan for the future of the Archdiocese, preparing for the next 50 or […]

The 13th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew begins with Jesus’ Parable of the Sower, who scatters seeds willy-nilly over good soil, rocky ground, weed-strewn areas, and where birds can snatch it up. The parable reminds us that the Word of God goes forth into every kind of place in the world and in the […]

The Pastoral Team of the Matthew 13 Collaborative serves all the parishes and school of the collaborative, providing pastoral and administrative support to the individual parishes and their staffs. In addition to the priests of the collaborative, the Pastoral Team includes staff members responsible for pastoral ministry, finance and operations, communications, and administrative support. In […]

Disciples in Mission

What others are saying about the Disciples in Mission Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese of Boston

  • “We have a big task before us, and it will take firm commitment, unyielding dedication, lots of hard work, openness to the continuing workings of the Spirit, and an extraordinary generosity of heart on the part of the priests, religious and laity of the Archdiocese to make this pastoral plan work. But I am convinced it will work, because it is precisely these qualities that characterize the faithful of the Archdiocese; and also because our parishes are the best thing we have going. Parishes are the heart of Disciples in Mission, because, as Cardinal Seán frequently tells us, parishes are by their very nature the centers for Evangelization.”

    - Msgr. William Fay, Co-Chair, Archdiocese of Boston Pastoral Planning Commission
  • “We believe that Parish based evangelization programs work, and that we can train for evangelization, as well as for leadership, management, and the mechanics of working as a collaborative.”

    - Fr. Paul Soper, Director of Pastoral Planning, Archdiocese of Boston
  • “It is my strong conviction that Disciples in Mission will establish the foundation to allow us to continue the work of renewing the Church in the Archdiocese of Boston and go forward with the mission of the New Evangelization for many years to come.”

    - Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston