UPDATE: September 23rd:

We welcome Fr. Paul back to Visitation Parish this weekend! Come and join us for Mass! 



UPDATE: September 15th: 

Slow and steady will be our path as we welcome Fr. Paul back to Parish Life on Monday, September 18th. He will continue with his cardiac rehab, as he engages in our day to day happenings here at Visitation Parish. Your cards and notes are still welcome and we are so thankful for Fr. Bill Minigan, who stepped in to assist us with consistency over these past few weeks. 


UPDATE: September 9th

This past week, Fr. Paul came to the rectory and spent and hour or so going over work related matters. He wanted you all to know that he is doing well under doctors orders and is slowing engaging in parish ministry. He thanks everyone for all of the cards and notes and he is reading each one, with a grateful heart. 



UPDATE: September 2nd.

Fr. Paul and his sister came into the rectory this past week to pick up a few things. He was extemely grateful to see a full box of cards, notes and well wishes sent to him by his parishioners, family and friends. Fr. Paul wanted to let everyone know he is working with his cardiac rehab team and improving everyday. He is so thankful knowing he has the prayers and support of his parishioners and we are all in his prayers as well. 



UPDATE: August 26th.

Fr. Paul wanted to thank everyone for your prayers, notes, cards and concern. He is healing well and beginning his cardiac rehab. His family is taking great care of him and they send their gratitude to all of the parishioners at Visitation Parish.



UPDATE: August 24th

Great new to share..... Fr. Paul has been discharged from the hospital is is currently recouperating and gaining his strenght with his family. For the next few weeks, he will be participaing in cardiac rehab and following all doctors orders. Fr. Bill Minigan will be celebrating our weekend Masses through September 17th. All parish social events such as Tuck's Point will be moved to our Spring Agenda as well as a few other events which will be tabled for now. Visitation Parish Christmas Fair planning meetings will still be held as well as the Knights of Columbus events ~ especially the "Family Fun Fest" on September 9th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The invitation to join the Events Team with registration this weekend will look different. If you are interested in joining our {volunteer} Events Team ~ the actual training itself with be moved to another date in a few weeks, but we would like to get our Events Team Training Packet to you so you can complete the paperwork, Archdiocese of Boston CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) will be included in the packet. These packets will be available following our weekend Masses, please be sure to pick one up! As stated below, all correspondance will be handled through our Visitation Parish Office if you would like to send a note of concern or a card along to Fr. Paul and we ask that you please respect his family wishes with calling and texting also at this time. Please call the Parish Office with any questions. 


August 19th

We wanted to let you know, if you were unable to attend our weekend Masses, that this past Friday, August 18th, Fr. Paul had a heart attack. He was immediatly rushed to the hospital where he was well taken care of and he will be discharged soon. As of right now, we are waiting to see what the doctors orders will be, then once that is finalized, we will post another update. His family asks at this time you do not text, call or send emails to Fr. Paul as he needs his strenght to heal and he is asking all correspondance go through the Visitation Parish Office. If you would like to send Fr. Paul a card or a note of concern, please address it to:

Fr. Paul Flammia

Visitation Parish Office

62 School St.

Manchester by the Sea, MA  01944




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In the Footsteps of Jesus ~ Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Visitation Parish, St. John’s & Sacred Heart (Manchester/Essex) and Transfiguration Parish, St. Thomas & St. Dorothy (Wilmington and South Tewksbury) with the Spiritual Guidance of Fr. Paul Flammia and Fr. Walter Carreiro are inviting you to join us on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
Some brief details to Pray about: The Pilgrimage will take place during Lent next year (a true Lenten retreat) February 29th ~ March 10. 
March is a good time to be in the Holy Land as temperatures are mild, much more than in summer when it is unbearably hot. It is being planned as a nine- or ten-day trip depending on the cost. 
Fr. Walter and I have been to the Holy Land, and it has changed our Spiritual Lives. The fact that you are standing in and visiting places where the Lord, our Savior walked, prayed, and performed signs and miracles is without parallel.
Take a look at some details of the Journey!
We begin our journey there after arriving in Tel Aviv, greeted by Anton, our guide, and expert on all things about the Holy Land. He is an Arab-Israeli citizen, experienced teacher, and most well-travelled person in most of the remote places in the Holy Land. His knowledge of the places there is vast. We are finalizing the itinerary and the following are places that we may visit depending on the length of the pilgrimage. Our likely first day will be in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee/Lake Gennesaret. From there we visit Nazareth and the Church of the Annunciation, then Mt. Tabor to the Church of the Transfiguration, the namesake of our own Parish and visit the place where Jesus was Transfigured into His glory. We will visit Cana, the place of the first Sign in the Gospel of John, where the Lord changed water into wine. There married couples will renew their marriage vows. We may visit Banias (Caesarea Philippi) where Peter answered the question “Who do people say that I am?” and “But who do you say that I am”? and Peter responded with his confession of faith, “You are the Messiah.”We will make a stop at the Jordan River where you will renew your Baptismal Promises.

We travel south and how about a stop at the Dead Sea; it may not be scriptural, but it is a wonder. You will have time to float there, where it is nearly impossible to remain standing. Our journey continues with a stop at Qumran, where the parchments of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah were found in clay jars in a cave, or we may stop at Masada, a hilltop fortress where the Jewish people held back the Romans for a time. We will stop in Jericho, the oldest continuous city. Near there is the desert place where Jesus spent 40 days in prayer and fasting, and where he was tempted by the devil. In and from Jerusalem we visit the places of
the beginning and end of our Lord’s journey among us. From Bethlehem, where he was born, to The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where he was crucified, entombed, and rose from the dead. Naturally we will visit the Garden of Gethsemane, the Church of All Nations, where Jesus prayed before his arrest, Ein Karem, where St. John the Baptist was born and the location of the Visitation. Of course, we will awaken early one day to walk the Via Dolorosa and pray the Stations of the Cross. Mass will be celebrated regularly, along with other prayer experiences. Time permitting, we will visit Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. 
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As of July 1, 2021 Sacred Heart Church and St. John the Baptist Church will merge into one parish called


We are excited about our new name and we look forward with a future filled with hope.

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