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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    As some of you may have heard in the news, this week, I have been visiting the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cuba. Several months ago, I was invited to celebrate the Mass for the feast of Nuestra Senora de Caridad del Cobre (Our Lady of Charity of Cobre), which is the national patronal feast of Cuba at the shrine in Santiago de Cuba on Sept. 8. However, following the terrible earthquake in Haiti, we added a stop to that country. Knowing how our local Haitian community has been so greatly affected by this tragedy, I thought it would be an important opportunity for me to make this trip.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley visits Haiti, Cuba, Dominican Republic

    BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley spent a whirlwind week visiting the people of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cuba, meeting with religious and political leaders and seeing firsthand the impact of recent hardships in the different countries.

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  • Catholic schools begin new year focused on learning, safety

    LAWRENCE -- Like schools across the archdiocese, Lawrence Catholic Academy began the new academic year this week with a sense of optimism and a commitment to education in a safe environment. Teachers, parents, and students gathered outside the school on the morning of Sept. 7 for the first day of class. As students assembled outside the school, St. Patrick Parish pastor, Father Paul O'Brien, led everyone in an opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, and then offered a blessing. He noted that it was the first time they were all together in person since March 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic prompted the shutdown of schools and the transition to remote instruction.

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  • St. John's Prep welcomes home NBA champion alumnus

    DANVERS -- NBA champion Pat Connaughton has come a long way since his days as a student athlete at St. John's Preparatory School, but his visit to the school on Sept. 3, bearing the 2021 Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy, showed that the Milwaukee Bucks player has not forgotten his Massachusetts roots.

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  • Chaldean mission celebrates milestone of First Communions

    WAYLAND -- After holding many baptisms and a few weddings during its four-year history, the Immaculate Conception Chaldean Catholic Mission in the archdiocese marked a new milestone on Aug. 29 as they celebrated two young members' first reception of Holy Communion.

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  • Young Catholic Professionals to launch Boston chapter

    BOSTON -- Young Catholic Professionals will mark the launch of their new Boston-area chapter on Sept. 18 by holding a celebration that they hope will set the tone for future events. Boston's will be the 25th chapter of Young Catholic Professionals (YCP), a national organization that originated in Dallas, Texas, in 2010 and has since spread throughout the U.S. YCP fosters community and Catholic identity among young adults in different professions by connecting them with each other and with seasoned business professionals, challenging them to "work in witness for Christ."

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    I want to begin this week by joining the rest of the community in mourning the loss of the 13 U.S. service members killed in a suicide bombing attack at Kabul's airport last week and, in a special way, Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario of Lawrence.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    This week, we were very saddened to learn of the death of Bishop Guy Sansaricq, the first Haitian-American bishop in the United States. He was the retired auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn, which has the second-largest Haitian community in the United States after Miami and followed by Boston.

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  • Beverly parish uses art fest to highlight church

    BEVERLY -- The Church has long understood the importance of art to attract and inspire. So, while artists and craft vendors sold their work in booths and tents during Beverly's annual Arts Fest Aug. 21, a different kind of art exhibition was taking place inside St. Mary Star of the Sea Church.

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  • Sisters of two religious communities take first vows

    BRAINTREE -- In late July, the Archdiocese of Boston was blessed to see three religious women profess their first vows. On Saturday, July 24, at the Monastery of St. Therese-Carmel of Danvers, Sister Mary Magdalene of Jesus and Our Lady of Grace (Suzanne Marie LeLasher Fowler, most recently from Coventry, Connecticut) made her First Profession of Vows during a liturgy presided by Bishop Mark O'Connell.

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  • Catholic Charities adds vaccine outreach to food pantry

    DORCHESTER -- Clients of the food pantry at Catholic Charities' Yawkey Center found something extra in their bags of food in recent weeks: flyers advertising upcoming coronavirus vaccine clinics, which would be held on certain days at the same time and location as the food pantry.

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  • Walpole pastor raises funds for school in Haitian hometown

    WALPOLE -- It was a priest in his hometown of Jacmel, Haiti, that enabled Father Jean Pierre Aubin, currently the pastor of the Walpole Catholic Collaborative, to leave a life of poverty and pursue his vocation. Now, he wants to give the youth in his community the kind of help he received.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    The earthquake and tropical storm that took place last week in Haiti have caused untold suffering and loss of life in that country that has already suffered so much. So, we have called for a special collection to be taken up in the Archdiocese of Boston to help Catholic Relief Services to bring much-needed aid and emergency supplies to the area.

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  • Archdiocesan schools will require masks to start year

    (The following statement was issued by the Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Boston Aug. 25, 2021). Statement on Governor's Proposed Fall Reopening Mask Guidelines We support Governor Charlie Baker's emphasis on ensuring a safe reopening of schools for all the children of the Commonwealth.

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