Several Catholic churches in the South Shore have been placed under the direction of new leadership, with the appointment of several pastors to newly established collaboratives.
The collaboratives will not consolidate any churches or mean any parish closings, but rather offer an oversight role to a group of parishes, allowing priests within each parish to better do their jobs.
“We are blessed by the dedication of the priests, parishioners and the deacons and religious who are working together to strengthen our parishes,” said Cardinal Seán O’Malley in a release. “I am grateful for the generosity of these pastors as they accept the call to lead the new collaboratives, advancing the mission of evangelization in the Archdiocese of Boston.”
In Quincy, the Reverend Louis R. Palmieri will lead Sacred Heart, St. Ann, and St. Mary parishes. Milton’s St. Agatha will be under the direction of the Reverend Brian R. Kiely. The Reverend Christopher J. Hickey will lead Hanover and Norwell parishes St. Mary and St. Helen. In Braintree, the Reverend Paul T. Clifford will oversee St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare.
Additionally, in Abington, Rev. James M. Mahoney will lead St. Bridget and Holy Ghost. Stoughton’s Immaculate Conception and St. James will be overseen by the Reverend Joseph M. Mazzone.
Part of the second phase of a “Disciples in Mission” plan, the 21 appointments mean the creation of 33 total collaboratives within the region, which include 72 parishes.
The plan will eventually group all parishes into approximately 135 collaboratives over the course of five years.
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Contact: Scott Farmelant
January 13, 2013
Mills Public Relations
(Weymouth, MA) –The Commons at SouthField Highlands today reacted to recent the opening of Trotter Road entrance to Route 18 in South Weymouth. The apartment community, currently the largest project at the SouthField mixed-use real estate development, lauded the development as a win for residents who now have easy access to nearby businesses and services in Abington, Rockland and South Weymouth.
"This vital roadway improvement connects residents at The Commons at SouthField with a short ride to Route 18 in South Weymouth, Abington and Rockland,” said Richard J. High, president of John M. Corcoran & Co. LLC. “As the region’s premier transit-oriented community, SouthField provides residents with easy access to everything the South Shore has to offer, so investments like these really make a positive impact.” The Bill Delahunt Parkway, which connects Weymouth Street in Rockland to Shea Memorial Drive, opened in August. Both the parkway and the Trotter Road extension were funded through state and federal grants. Previously, SouthField Highlands' residents were limited to accessing the community via the Shea Memorial Drive entrance on Route 18.
Earlier this year, SouthField celebrated the opening of a “Kiss & Ride” drop-off/pick-up space at the South Weymouth Commuter Rail Station, which added a much-needed access point for people who travel on MBTA Kingston/Plymouth Line to and from Boston. In October, John M. Corcoran & Co. broke ground on construction of the $18.2 million apartment building at the 1,400-acre SouthField development in Weymouth. Construction of 72 new apartment homes, which represents the second phase of The Commons at SouthField Highlands, is expected to be complete during the summer of 2014. Upon completion of the 72-unit residential community, Corcoran’s investment at SouthField is expected to be over $60 million.
About John M. Corcoran and Company
John M. Corcoran and Company specializes in the development and management of apartment communities and commercial properties delivering superior customer service and maintaining exceptional quality standards. Corcoran-managed properties are characterized by thoughtful planning, welcoming interiors and luxuriant landscaping.
About The Commons at SouthField Highlands
The Commons at SouthField Highlands offers luxury eco-living in 226 beautifully designed apartment homes in Weymouth, MA at the vibrant 1,400-acre SouthField community located just 25 minutes south of Boston. Residents enjoy convenient commutes just minutes from Route 3 and walking distance to the MBTA Commuter Rail while taking advantage of SouthField’s array of open green spaces.
Working with the Abington Public Schools, police from Abington and several other agencies conducted a search for illegal drugs Wednesday morning at Abington High School, but found no illegal substances, said school Superintendent Peter Schafer and police Lieutenant Kevin Sullivan.
The search started at 8:30 a.m. and was completed within one school period, ending around 9:05 a.m. Sullivan said there was one police officer from his department placed with each of the 10 K9 units while they searched hallways, lockers, bathrooms, and the student and teacher parking lots.
The school notifies students and families every year that there is a possibility that a K9 search can be used to keep illegal substances out of school, but are not told when the searches would take place, said Schafer.
The superintendent said the drug searches are done intermittently.
“The reality in America is that every public, private, Catholic school, and business office has an illegal drug issue,” he said. “We believe in dealing with reality and being vigilant to keep and provide the safest environment possible.”
Schafer said the last time a student was found with illegal substances during a drug search at the high school was several years ago, and the consequences for a student caught with drugs depends on the drug, amount, and intention.
Sullivan said the drug searches are important in the school systems, especially now that students are getting into prescription narcotics.
Wednesday's search also involved officers and specialists from law enforcement agencies including the Massachusetts Department of Correction, Plymouth County Sheriff's Department, and officers from the Pembroke, Quincy, Randolph, and Weymouth police departments.