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  • St. Barbara Parish rallies behind Eagle Scout to honor late pastor

    WOBURN -- At St. Barbara Parish, what started as one young parishioner's Eagle Scout project has turned into a community-wide fundraiser to honor their beloved, recently deceased pastor. Last spring, Zach Bates looked around the parishes of the Woburn Catholic Collaborative, which includes St. Anthony of Padua as well as St. Barbara, in search of something he could do for his Eagle Scout project. He consulted the pastor at the time, Father Thomas J. Powers, who was enthusiastic about the idea and offered several suggestions.

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  • Pope St. John XXIII launches podcast for men discerning priesthood

    WESTON -- Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary is trying a new way to reach their demographic. Capitalizing on the popularity of podcasts, the seminary has launched its own podcast to discuss different aspects of discernment and priestly formation for men who discover their vocation to the priesthood later in life.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last weekend, I visited Puerto Rico at the invitation of Archbishop Roberto Gonzales to join in the observances of the 500th anniversary of the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, the second oldest cathedral in the hemisphere.

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  • Malta Walks minister to Boston's homeless

    BOSTON -- Every other Wednesday evening, members of the Order of Malta and their friends gather at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. As night falls, they take to the streets, equipped with bags of food, bottled water, and other items like socks and hand sanitizer. Making their way through downtown Boston, they stop to talk with homeless people on the sidewalks, in doorways, and on benches. The Order of Malta members and their comrades offer them sandwiches and water bottles, and in the winter, they give out gloves, hand warmers, and emergency blankets.

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  • Cheverus Awards to be presented Oct. 2 after two-year pause

    BRAINTREE -- After a two-year pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, the archdiocese will once again hold the annual Cheverus Award ceremony at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Oct. 2, resuming a tradition of recognizing laypeople, deacons, and religious for their service to the Church.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday, I went to MCI Concord to visit the inmates and celebrate confirmations. Deacon Tom Anthony, who has ministered in the prison system for many years, is doing a fantastic job as chaplain there. The inmates I spoke to were all very enthused about the ministry that is taking place at MCI Concord, and I was also very gratified to see they are making use of the materials that the Order of Malta is supplying for prison ministry.

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  • Contemplative religious communities: Carmelites witness to faith in Roxbury for over 130 years

    This article is the first in an occasional series on the contemplative religious communities in the Archdiocese of Boston. BOSTON -- Most religious orders can trace their history back to a single founder who established their rule of life -- saints like Francis, Clare, Dominic, or Benedict. But this is not the case for Carmelites, who founded the first community of contemplative religious women in Boston in 1890 -- and have been present there ever since.

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  • Everett parish holds retreat, community Mass for quinceaneras

    EVERETT -- Recognizing a widespread desire among their Hispanic families, and the need for better education around its religious dimension, St. Anthony of Padua Parish began a new initiative this past spring for girls preparing to celebrate their quinceaneras. This initiative has two aspects: a retreat for girls and their parents, and a community quinceanera Mass.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Sunday, I went to St. Mary's in Plymouth for a Mass and procession that was part of the parish's Holy Ghost Feast. This is a tradition that comes from the Azores and, particularly, from the island of San Miguel. (So much so that when they got their autonomy from Portugal, the people wanted to make the Holy Ghost Hymn their national anthem!) They have a Holy Ghost Society at St. Mary's, and the community has preserved this tradition for many decades.

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  • Archdiocese announces plan to sell Dorchester church

    The Archdiocese of Boston announced July 17 that it is seeking bids for the potential sale of St. Christopher Church in Dorchester's Columbia Point section. The parishes of St. Christopher and St. Teresa of Calcutta were merged in 2021 as part of the archdiocese's Pastoral Planning initiative, Disciples in Mission. The newly formed parish was named St. Teresa of Calcutta and has consisted of two worship sites: St. Margaret of Scotland Church (located at 800 Columbia Road) and St. Christopher Church.

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  • Emmanuel College names Mary K. Boyd as next president

    BOSTON -- Following a comprehensive nationwide search, Emmanuel College announced June 28 that Mary K. Boyd has been named the school's 13th president. The college's board of trustees voted unanimously to appoint Boyd, who has decades of experience in academic leadership, including at Catholic and mission-driven institutions such as Berry College, St. Edward University, the University of San Diego and Loyola University Chicago.

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  • Pilot earns seven 2021 Catholic Media Awards

    BRAINTREE -- The Pilot was honored with seven awards from the Catholic Media Association for its work in 2021. The awards were announced at the association's annual conference held July 4-7 in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Massachusetts bishops oppose late-term abortion bill

    BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the Catholic bishops of Massachusetts, released a statement on July 13 voicing opposition to two bills, House Bill 4954 and Senate Bill 2996, which would expand the state's already liberal abortion laws to make more late-term abortions available.

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  • South shore parish takes major step towards building a new church

    BRAINTREE -- The growth in Catholic families participating in parish life in communities in the South Shore region has increased substantially in recent years. Active and engaged parishes providing diverse programs and initiatives focused on evangelization have been at the center of this growth. The newly merged St. Mary's - St. Helen's - St. Thecla's Parish with churches in Hanover, Norwell, and Pembroke has reached a point where its current footprint no longer meets the overall parish needs given the anticipated growth based on current trends.

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