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  • Vocations a key theme in Boston March for Life pilgrimage

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Vocation was a recurring theme during the Archdiocese of Boston's trip to participate in the annual March for Life. In between other stops on their itinerary, the students, chaperones, and families heard witness talks from a priest and two women religious, who connected the concepts of vocation and human dignity.

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  • Parishes step up to welcome, resettle Afghan refugees

    BOSTON -- When the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August 2021, Catholic Charities began preparing for an influx of Afghan refugees to the Boston area. Since then, parishes have stepped up to help them welcome these families and groups of individuals to their new homes.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    My good friend Pablo Eduardo came to visit me recently, and it was great to be able to catch up with him. The family is from Bolivia, and his father was the editor of El Pregonero, my newspaper in Washington, D.C.

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  • Local Catholics create community through podcasts

    BRAINTREE -- In this age when technology offers a plethora of ways to communicate, many content creators have turned to podcasting as a way to exchange opinions or information. Among them are many Catholics -- from parents to college students, lay leaders to clergy and religious -- trying to help listeners live out their faith and feel connected to a community.

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  • MLK Day marked with interreligious prayer service

    ROXBURY -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley joined with local religious leaders to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an interreligious prayer service live-streamed from St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Roxbury, Jan. 17.

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  • Brockton student among winners of national Christmas artwork contest

    BROCKTON -- Over the past few years, the Archdiocese of Boston has had a streak of winners in the Missionary Childhood Association's annual Christmas artwork contest. In 2021, the streak continued as Niyala Chaperon, a fourth-grade student at Trinity Catholic Academy, was named one of the 24 national winners.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    On Friday, I traveled to South Carolina to celebrate the funeral Mass of Joseph Gallagher, the brother of my good friend, Father Simeon Gallagher. Father Simeon is a classmate of mine who has given retreats here in Boston and conducted missions in many of our parishes.

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  • Archdiocesan schools face challenges of omicron variant

    BRAINTREE -- Almost two years have passed since the coronavirus prompted the closure of schools. Now, while the archdiocesan schools remain open and committed to in-person instruction, the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus is causing considerable challenges for the schools in matters of staffing and safety measures.

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  • Parishes to hold Holy Hours for Life on Roe anniversary

    BRAINTREE -- Dozens of parishes and collaboratives across the archdiocese are planning to hold Holy Hours for Life or similar pro-life events on the weekend of Jan. 21-23, bringing their communities together to pray for the unborn and for assistance in witnessing to the dignity of human life.

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  • Archdiocese extends mask mandate to Ash Wednesday

    BRAINTREE -- In response to the current surge of coronavirus cases, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley has extended the current mask mandate, which requires that face masks be worn at all public Masses in the archdiocese, including weddings and funerals. This measure, which went into effect on the weekend of Dec. 18-19 and was originally planned to expire on Jan. 17, will remain in place until March 3, the day after Ash Wednesday.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    On New Year's Eve, we gathered at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross with about 200 members of the pro-life and campus ministry communities for a midnight Mass. I have always had the custom of ending the year and beginning the year with the Eucharist. This year, particularly, being the year of the Eucharist, it was very meaningful to be able to do this.

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  • Schools Office prepares for local participation in March for Life

    BRAINTREE -- Since the early 2000s, the archdiocese has organized an annual pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., for the national March for Life. After having to forgo this trip in 2021 due to the coronavirus, this year, the Catholic Schools Office is organizing a pilgrimage that will have the same spirit as past trips, with some slight changes to the usual programming.

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  • Forming the Future: Arlington Catholic offers 'Bridge Academy' to prepare incoming students

    ARLINGTON -- The transition to high school can be difficult for students in the best of circumstances, but even more so after a year or more of irregular, interrupted learning. Recognizing this, the teachers and administrators of Arlington Catholic High School created a new program called the Bridge Academy at the start of the 2021-2022 school year, offering eighth-grade graduates another year to prepare academically, socially, and emotionally for ninth grade.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    On Christmas Eve morning, I was pleased to join Angela Menino and many other members of the Menino family for their annual holiday distribution at Catholic Charities' Teen Center at St. Peter's in the Bowdoin Geneva section of Dorchester. The Teen Center does tremendous work in that neighborhood, particularly with the Cape Verdean community.

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