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  • Labels are for Jars Lenten program helps feed both body and soul

    The Cor Unum Meal Center in Lawrence has been feeding the hungry for close to a decade and once again this Lent, it is also striving to feed souls. Through its Labels are for Jars Lenten program, Catholics are invited not only to donate their treasures, they are also given tools to challenge and deepen their faith.

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  • Lease of parking area will help fund ministries at cathedral

    SOUTH END -- The Cathedral of the Holy Cross recently signed a 99-year lease that will convert its current parking lot into a source of income for the cathedral and its ministries. According to archdiocesan spokesperson Terrence C. Donilon, the development of the parking lot space will create a 160-rental-unit housing space with retail on the ground floor, through work with developer Peter Roth of New Atlantic Development, while maintaining parking at the cathedral.

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  • Seminarian Spotlight: Christopher Bae

    Home Town and Country: Seoul, South Korea High School: Cypress High School, Cypress, Calif. Graduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering Seminary Attending: St. John's Seminary, Third Theology

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  • So why are we celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life?

    I am frequently asked these questions. Why is this year so important? Isn't the consecrated life an artifact of the past? Aren't diminishing numbers and fewer vocations indications that God has something else in mind for religious communities? Aren't our youth and young adults looking for more substantive career options? So often the questions focus on numbers and benchmarks more appropriate for corporate boardrooms rather conversations about charism, mission and service to the people of God. The Year of Consecrated Life is an invitation to reflect on the words of Staring Afresh from Christ (2002)... the consecrated life has a story yet to be written.

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  • Father Aidan Walsh granted senior priest status

    Recently featured in The Pilot in an article detailing the renovations at St. Elizabeth Church in Milton, Father Aidan Walsh, the parish's pastor, was granted senior priest/retirement status effective Feb. 16, 2015.

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  • CatholicTV to begin airing local Spanish Mass

    WATERTOWN -- CatholicTV will begin to air the Sunday Mass in Spanish beginning March 1, the second Sunday of Lent. The Spanish Mass from the Chapel of the Holy Cross in the CatholicTV studios will air on Sundays at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Saturday (2/14) I had the great joy of being present as the Holy Father created 20 new cardinals from all over the world. Though several were from what would traditionally be a cardinalatial see, such as the Patriarch of Lisbon, many of the new cardinals are from areas where there has never been a cardinal before. ...I made sure to take pictures with the new cardinals who have significant immigrant populations here in Massachusetts. Probably one of the biggest -- and most pleasant -- surprises in the naming of the new cardinals was Cardinal Furtado of Cape Verde.

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  • Pastors reflect on impact of snow at local parishes

    BRAINTREE -- With record snowfall for this time of year, parishes all over the Archdiocese of Boston face more than just the issue of digging out after each storm. Pastors interviewed by The Pilot explained the impact of snowstorms on the parishes they serve -- this year piled one on top of the other -- after snow pelted Massachusetts last week.

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  • Candidates to become permanent deacons installed as acolytes

    Bishop Peter Uglietto presided at the celebration of Installation to the Ministry of Acolyte at the Bethany Chapel at the Pastoral Center in Braintree on Feb. 7, 2015 for 12 men that make up the Deaconate Class of 2015. Father Bob Murray from St. James in Haverhill, Father Carlos Lopez from St. Benedict in Somerville and Father Andy Knobb, St. Williams in Tewksbury concelebrated the Mass with Bishop Uglietto.

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  • Archdiocese organizes trip to the World Meeting of Families

    BRAINTREE -- The Archdiocese of Boston opened registration, Feb. 12, for travel packages to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia later this year. Pope Francis will attend the 8th World Meeting of Families in September, and according to an email from Boston's Secretariat for the New Evangelization, the travel packages will cover the papal visit.

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  • 'The Light is on For You' is back this Lent

    BRAINTREE -- As Lent begins in 2015, the Archdiocese of Boston highlights the sacrament of reconciliation with the initiative The Light is on For You. Beginning Feb. 25, the sacrament of reconciliation will be available during Lent every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in all parishes of the archdiocese.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    This week I have been in Rome for meetings leading up to the Consistory for the creation of new cardinals tomorrow, Valentine's Day. As I mentioned in my last post, from last Friday to Sunday we held our first plenary session of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. The commission now consists of 17 members from nations all over the world. They all are very competent, dedicated, and passionate people. It was a very productive meeting and there were a number of different ideas set forth by the group. I am so pleased to have this larger and more diverse group, which I know is going to enrich our work. I was very pleased with the spirit of the different commission members and very grateful for their commitment. On Sunday (2/8), the commission members celebrated Mass together at the Church of St. Stephen of the Abyssinians within the Vatican. It is the church of the Ethiopian Catholics (the same rite as the Ethiopians and Eritreans who gather every Sunday at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston) and is just behind the Pontifical Ethiopian College. The church has been used by the Ethiopians for about the past 500 years, though the history of the building itself goes back nearly 1,500 years.

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  • Ash Wednesday is more than just ashes

    Walk through any school, supermarket, subway or shopping center next Wednesday and you are likely to find Catholics marked with the sign of the cross in dark ashes on their forehead. Ash Wednesday -- the beginning of the season of Lent.

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  • Having a large family, following God's will, brings joy, say local couples

    When people learn that David and Kathy Reilly of Medfield have seven children, they often respond with a sympathetic, "Oh, God bless you." "And I'll say, 'Oh yes, He has," said Kathy Reilly, who told The Pilot in a recent interview that her and David's lives have been "enriched" by their children, whose ages range from 10 to 25.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    This week, we received with joy the news that the sainthood cause of Archbishop Oscar Romero is going to proceed, thanks to the Holy Father's declaration that Archbishop Romero died as a martyr. I have followed Archbishop Romero's cause of canonization very closely because he was someone I knew personally and admired very much. Working with many Salvadorans for over 20 years, I had contact with him on a number of occasions. He was a man who was truly a prophet of the Church's gospel and his death, like those of other martyrs, brought many graces to the Church in El Salvador.

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  • The Sisters of Charity of St. Mary, (SCSM)

    We are an active, forward-looking religious community inspired by the Virgin Mary to carry out our tasks with humility and generosity. The charism that expresses the specific identity of the SCSM is: To witness the Love and Compassion of the Father, revealed in the Cross of Christ and learned at Mary's school. We provide spiritual and material assistance to the young, the elderly and the sick, based on the teachings and principles contained in the Gospel.

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  • Questions for discussion based on the 'lineamenta'

    Following is the text of questions prepared by the Archdiocese of Boston to facilitate parish consultation for the upcoming 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family to be held in October 2015. Additional information on the consultation and the full text of the Vatican "lineamenta", or outline, for discussion is available at www.synod2015.org.

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  • 'Called and Gifted' workshop helps laity discern charisms

    BOSTON -- Almost 100 students from across New England attended the "Called and Gifted" workshop on Jan. 30-31 hosted by the Master of Arts in Ministry Program, now part of The Theological Institute at St. John's Seminary. The two-day workshop, a program of The Catherine of Siena Institute, is a nationally-recognized three part discernment process designed to help Christian laity and clergy discern the presence of charisms in their lives.

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  • Lawrence-based Bellesini Academy announces opening of girls' school

    LAWRENCE -- Bellesini Academy, an independent Catholic, tuition-free middle school founded in 2002 to break the cycle of poverty through education, will open an all-girls school in September 2015. In its first year, the Academy will operate a 6th grade class of girls and eventually serve 60 girls in grades 5-8 who demonstrate academic promise and fall below the poverty line, following a co-institutional model with its boys school preparing at-risk girls from Lawrence for acceptance at private college preparatory high schools on scholarship. Applications were available starting Feb. 2.

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  • St. Columbkille Partnership School receives $1.65 million in grants

    BRIGHTON -- St. Columbkille Partnership School in Brighton has received four grants totaling $1.65 million from local foundations and supporters to enhance academic programs and support ongoing capital improvements, which will pave the way for the expansion of the middle school, recently designated Loyola Academy at St. Columbkille.

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  • Local group promotes devotion to Mary

    FAIRHAVEN, Mass. -- During Pope Francis' Year of Consecrated Life, a local group invites Catholics to make their own consecration. While certainly not the same as the commitment to become a religious brother or sister, making a commitment to a lay association like the Legion of Mary brings many blessings, members say. Members make a consecration to Our Lady and agree to do at least two hours of service each week.

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  • Lenten programming on CatholicTV

    To commemorate the Lenten Season, CatholicTV will host special programming that reflects on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This includes "Seven Last Words" a musical special hosted by the Gregorian Concert Choir. "The Stations of the Cross" will also be featured during Lenten programming as well as "The Path to Glory" where host, Msgr. John Zenz will present all Sunday Gospels throughout the season of lent.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Following the March for Life last week, I stayed in Washington for a couple of days to attend the Cardinal O'Connor Conference on Life at Georgetown University on Saturday. Conference on Life is an all-day event sponsored by three groups on campus: the pro-life group, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and their Knights of Columbus chapter. I was asked to give the keynote address in Gaston Hall. There were several hundred people in attendance, including many students. While in Washington, I went with the Friars to visit the Missionaries of Charity at their house called the Gift of Peace, where they take care of AIDS patients, homeless and mentally ill persons. A number of our Capuchin brothers work there as volunteers. They have about 50 residents there, as well as a house of formation for the sisters. There are over 30 sisters at the house. A couple of the sisters had worked in Boston and New Bedford so I knew them from their time in Massachusetts.

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