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  • Parishes named for next phase of pastoral plan

    BRAINTREE -- The Archdiocese of Boston officially announced the parishes that will take part in Phase Three of its pastoral plan, Disciples in Mission, Sept. 15. The third phase is set to see 37 parishes organized into 18 collaborative ministries that will involve the communities of Braintree, Cambridge, Dorchester, Dracut, Georgetown, Lexington, Lowell, Merrimac, Milton, Newburyport, Plainville, Randolph, Somerville, South Boston, Tyngsboro, Wellesley, Weymouth, and Wrentham. Members of the parishes taking part in Phase Three were informed prior to the announcement.

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  • Phase Three parish collaboratives list announced

    The Archdiocese of Boston continues the process of forming collaboratives among its 289 parishes. The Disciples in Mission plan, announced a few years ago following broad consultation across the archdiocese, is the umbrella that embraces not only the creation of the various collaboratives but also the ongoing formation of the clergy, religious and lay staff members in them.

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  • A Statement of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts on Expanded Gambling and Question 3

    The four Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts issued the following statement today on Expanded Gambling and Question 3 on the November ballot. The issue of expanded gambling within the Commonwealth has once again come to the forefront of the public arena. We, the bishops of the four Catholic dioceses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts again feel compelled to oppose the expansion of gambling in Massachusetts and urge citizens to vote "Yes" on Ballot Question 3 on November 4th. A "Yes" vote would ban casinos and slot parlors in the state.

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  • Leadership forum strategizes on 'protecting families' in casino fight

    EAST BOSTON -- Even as the four bishops of Massachusetts were publicly stating their opposition of casino gambling in the state, faith leaders and community organizers from throughout the Boston area met Sept. 12, at Most Holy Redeemer Parish in East Boston, to discuss their own strategy in the social justice campaign.

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  • Wynn's $1.6B resort wins Boston casino license

    BOSTON (AP) -- Wynn Resorts has bested Mohegan Sun for the lucrative Boston-area casino license, based largely on the strength of its $1.6 billion project's economic development potential. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-to-1 Sept. 16 to award the license to the Las Vegas casino giant, which wants to turn a heavily polluted, former chemical plant site on the Mystic River waterfront in Everett into a gleaming resort casino. The following day the commission confirmed the decision unanimously on a second vote.

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  • Ambassador Flynn becomes regular contributor to The Pilot

    BRAINTREE -- Beginning this month, former Vatican ambassador and Boston mayor Raymond L. Flynn will be adding his voice to the opinion section of The Pilot. His pieces will also be featured regularly in Echoes, a forum for Catholic commentary at TheBostonPilot.com.

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  • Permanent Deacon Class of 2014

    Cardinal Seán O'Malley will ordain 13 men to the Order of Deacon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Saturday, Sept. 20th. Representing the diversity of the archdiocese this class includes four candidates from the Hispanic community, one from the Brazilian community, and one from the Vietnamese community. The richness of the cultural and spiritual lives of these men and their families will bring great gifts to our parish collaboratives in the days and years ahead.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    We are very pleased that Msgr. Robert Oliver was appointed this week as Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. This is a very important step forward in the organization of the office and the work of the commission. Monsignor has been working as Promoter of Justice of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and is very well-versed in the issues surrounding child protection. He has been supporting the commission very actively on a volunteer basis, so we are very glad that he has officially been given this responsibility by the Holy Father.

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  • Mass. Knights install new state officers

    DORCHESTER -- New state officers stepped into their roles in the Massachusetts State Council of the Knights of Columbus at an installation Mass at St. Ann Church in Dorchester, Sept. 7. State Chaplain Bishop Robert Hennessey celebrated the installation Mass.

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  • Historic day at historic place

    In a holy place where the mortal remains of pioneer priests of the archdiocese are buried beneath its floor, the chapel of St. Augustine in the cemetery of the same name in South Boston was the site of an ordination of deacons.

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  • Local Grey Nuns select new leadership

    After discernment and sharing with each other and with Congregational Leader Sister Jacqueline St. Yves, SGM, the Sisters of Charity of Montreal (more widely known as the "Grey Nuns") are happy to announce that Sister Jeanne Poor, SGM has been appointed Coordinator for the sisters of St. Joseph Area, for a three year mandate effective Aug. 15, 2014. This is a second call to leadership for Sister Jeanne, who previously had a very fruitful double mandate in that position from 2001 to 2008.

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  • Local students named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

    BRAINTREE -- Nine students from schools in the Archdiocese of Boston were announced, Sept. 10, as National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships begun in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program, run by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, by taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Thursday, (8/28) I was visited by Jeff Robbins and Robert Trestan, who are president of the board and the executive director of the New England Anti-Defamation League. Also with us was Father David Michael of our Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. We meet periodically, and at this meeting we spoke about a number of current events including a recent rise in anti-Semitic acts, particularly in Europe but also in our local area. People seem to be targeting the Jewish community to express their disapproval of what they see happening in the Middle East. Going forward, we are working to bring together a group of local religious leaders to assess the wellbeing and mutual concerns of the different faith communities they represent.

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  • Training helps Catholic school nurses prepare for new year

    BRAINTREE -- Nurses duties generally pertain to student issues of health and wellbeing day-to-day, but sharing information can also play a key part in the role. School nurses at a professional development program offered by the Catholic Schools Office and Northeastern University's School Health Institute at the Pastoral Center in Braintree, Aug. 21, had an opportunity to network, discuss and collaborate as presenters demonstrated resources available online to help do the job of keeping students healthy.

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  • Mass celebrates 'Dignity of Labor'

    SOUTH BOSTON -- The Archdiocese of Boston showed support for the rights of workers in the context of recent upheavals, Aug. 30, as workers gathered for Mass at a chapel famous for serving workers on the South Boston waterfront.

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  • Special collection to benefit Christians in the Middle East

    BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley approved a special collection to benefit Christians suffering in the Middle East, the Archdiocese of Boston announced Sept. 3. "Cardinal Seán has authorized a special collection, to be taken the weekend of September 13-14 in all parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston, to provide humanitarian relief and pastoral support for our affected brothers and sisters in the Middle East," Special Assistant to the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia Father Bryan K. Parrish said in a letter to all priests of the archdiocese.

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  • Labor Day Mass to support local workers

    BOSTON -- The Archdiocese of Boston will celebrate a Mass of solidarity with janitors who up until recently faced layoffs at the hands of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, Aug. 30, at Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel in South Boston.

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  • Pilot launches 'Echoes' online opinion portal

    BRAINTREE -- This week, The Pilot launched a preview of a new online portal to present varied takes on current issues and events from a Catholic perspective. The new portal, called Echoes, puts all of The Pilot's opinion, analysis and editorial content in one place, providing content beyond what is available in the printed edition, at Echoes.TheBostonPilot.com.

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  • Two schools receive $100K Catholic Schools Foundation Prize Grant

    BOSTON -- The Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF) has announced that it will award a shared $100,000 grant to Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton and Blessed Sacrament School in Walpole designed to help the schools collaboratively plan and launch a new, innovative curriculum. The funding will allow the schools to enhance the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum with key lessons from religion and the arts.

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  • Father Robert Labrie and Father Richard Casey named senior priests

    Two priests, veterans of multifaceted ministries over their restive years of ordination have been granted senior priest/retirement status by Cardinal O'Malley. Father Robert G. Labrie A Peabody native, Father Labrie attended the archdiocesan seminaries at Jamaica Plain and Brighton and was ordained by Cardinal Cushing at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Feb. 3, 1964.

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  • Father James Achadinha pastor in Gloucester

    The announcement of the collaborative in Cape Ann, which consists of two Gloucester parishes, but serves that city and neighboring Rockport as well was not a surprise to parishioners. They had been well prepared for it by the previous pastors and assigned priests.

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