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Sunday, April 20
Easter Mass, Boston -- Our Lady of Victories Church, at 25 Isabella Street, invites all marathon runners and friends to our Easter Sunday Masses, 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. A blessing for runners and a prayer for the victims of last year's bombings will be offered after each Mass.

Wednesday, April 23
Healing Service, Holliston -- A healing service will be held at 7:15 p.m. following Mass led by Father Paul McManus at Fatima Shrine, 101 Summer Street. The evening, sponsored by the Vision of Peace prayer group, begins with Rosary at 6:55 p.m. Come early and stroll around the shrine enjoying the quiet beauty of this holy ground. Call Jean at 508-376-8115 for additional information.

Friday, April 25
Seminar, Everett -- The Maranatha Prayer group of Immaculate Conception Church, 489 Broadway, is holding a Life in the Spirit Seminar entitled "Water of Life" starting today and going to May 30 beginning at 7:30 p.m. This will consist of 7 sessions with speakers and discussion groups. For further information, please contact Janice at 781-321-0509.

Friday, April 25
Seder Lecture, Medway -- Betania II, 154 Summer Street, is hosting author Roy Schoeman who will host a "Passover Seder (supper) in the Light of Christ," on how sacramental Judaism foreshadowed the sacraments of the Catholic Church from 3:30-6:00 p.m. For reservations and information calll 508-533-5377 or e-mail carollove@Betania2.org. $10 donation. Betania II is a handicapped accessible facility.

Saturday, April 26
Divine Mercy Conference, East Weymouth -- The Apostles of Peace invite you to our second annual Divine Mercy Conference from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception, 1199 Commercial Street. Join us in "Opening the Doors to Divine Mercy...powerful grace." Father Michael Sevigny, along with Jaymie Stuart Wolfe and Rick Paolini will share on the relevance of Divine Mercy. Deacon Bob and Maureen Digan will speak on "Story of a Miracle." Maureen's miraculous cure was used to beatify Sister Faustina on April 18, 1993 in Rome. For more information, please call 347-752-3700.

Saturday, April 26
Canonization Celebration, South Boston -- Special celebrations of the canonization of Blessed John Paul II will be held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 655 Dorchester Avenue, today and tomorrow. Today at 7:00 p.m. there will be an exhibition and multimedia presentation about Blessed John Paul II's life and pontificate and at 8:00 p.m. Polish Amateur Theatre will play "Przed sklepem jubilera" (The Jeweler's Shop) by the new saint. Sunday at 1:00 p.m. parish adult and children choirs will perform a concert dedicated to John Paul II. The Polish Cultural Foundation will present a photographic exhibition "John Paul II, the Holy Man: To the ends of the earth" at Blessed John Paul II hall. There will also be a Holy Mass of Thanksgiving for the gift of John Paul II. It will be celebrated on the very day of the canonization at 11:00 a.m. Most celebrations will be held in Polish. For more info please call the rectory at 617-268-4355.

Saturday, April 26
Prayer Breakfast, Braintree -- Come celebrate the joy of Easter and the Resurrection, as the women of Magnificat Joy of Boston will be holding their prayer breakfast at the Pastoral Center from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Doors open at 8:30. Pre-registration required. Come and hear the inspiring story of the Holy Spirit guiding married Anglican priest, Rev. Jurgen Liias, on a compelling journey home to the Catholic Church. Tickets are $25. Call Louise Scipione at 339-364-0658, or Pat Waterman at 781-643-8471 for tickets or more info.

Sunday, April 27
Healing Service, Roxbury -- The Basilica of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Mission Church, 1545 Tremont Street, is hosting a healing service led by Father Robert Lennon CSsR, beginning at 2:00 p.m. For more information call the Healing and Restoration Ministry at 617-442-2008.

Sunday, April 27
Divine Mercy Celebration, Billerica -- The Catholic Collaborative of Billerica will be celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday at Saint Theresa Church, 466 Boston Road, with a Holy Hour of eucharistic adoration. Please join us for the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and prayers for Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII on their canonization day 3:00 p.m. All are welcome.

Sunday, April 27
Divine Mercy Sunday, Lynn -- Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated at Holy Family Church, 26 Bessom Street, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Devotions will include the Mercy Stations, Saint Faustina's Praises of Divine Mercy and 3:00 Mercy Prayers and benediction. For further information, call Deacon John at 781-595-6478.

Sunday, April 27
Benefit Dance, Quincy -- The 5th Irish Hearts for Orphans benefit dance will be today from 4:00-8:00 p.m., honoring Father Peter J. Casey, pastor of Saint Agatha Parish and Jim and Terry Orcutt, co-founders of My Brother's Keeper, among others. The event will take place at the Marriott Quincy; price is $20 per ticket. There will be live Irish music. For more info, call 617-206-4942 or go to www.irishheartsfororphans.com.

Sunday, April 27
Prayer Service, Waltham -- Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, 51 Hall Street, will hold a prayer service in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 3:00 pm. The service will consist of the Divine Mercy Litany of Reparation, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, readings from the Diary of Saint Faustina, and a look at the contributions of the Popes of Mercy, Saints John XXIII and John Paul II who will be proclaimed saints on this special feast day. Divine Mercy materials will be available. For additional information, please call the parish office at 781-893-0330.

Sunday, April 27
Divine Mercy Sunday Service, Gloucester -- Saint Ann's Parish, 60 Prospect Street, is hosting a prayer service for Divine Mercy Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Please join us for recitation of the Rosary, exposition of the Holy Eucharist with benediction and veneration of the divine image of Jesus with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy recited. Refreshments and fellowship following.

Sunday, April 27
Divine Mercy Celebration, Dorchester -- The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy invite you to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday at Saint Ann Parish. The program begins at 2:45 p.m. and ends with 4:30 p.m. Holy Mass. For more information, call the Sisters at 617-288-1202 ext. 114 or visit the events page on www.SisterFaustina.org.

Sunday, April 27
Evensong, Chestnut Hill -- The Congregation of Saint Athanasius will offer solemn Evensong and Benediction at 5:00 p.m. on the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, in Saint Lawrence Church, Chestnut Hill.

Sunday, April 27
Feast of Divine Mercy, Manomet -- The Feast of Divine Mercy will be celebrated at 3:00 p.m. in the new Saint Catherine Chapel of Saint Bonaventure Church, 801 State Road. Father Kenneth Overbeck, pastor, will preside. The prayer service will include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction, prayerful music, singing of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and time for silent prayer. For additional information about the devotion to the Divine Mercy and the Divine Mercy Sunday celebration, please call the office at Saint Bonaventure Parish at 508-224-3636.

Sunday, April 27
Divine Mercy Sunday, Weymouth -- The Weymouth Family Cluster of Parishes will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday at Saint Albert the Great Church, 1130 Washington Street. There will be confession at 12:45 p.m., followed by Mass, adoration and veneration of the Divine Mercy image until 5:00 p.m. Questions, call Mary or Bill at 781-337-1959.

Tuesday, April 29
Healing Service, North Reading -- Saint Theresa Parish, 63 Winter Street, is holding a Mass and healing service 6:00 p.m. exposition, 7:00 p.m. Mass and 8:00 p.m. laying on of hands.

Tuesday, April 29
Faith Formation, Weston -- Saint Julia Parish is hosting an adult study of Saint Augustine of Hippo for 3 Tuesdays, starting today and running to May 13, from 8:45-11:00 a.m. The first hour will be viewing the film, "The Confessions of Saint Augustine." There will be a 30-45 minute discussion of study questions that accompany the film. All adults are welcome. For more information, e-mail dschwartz@stjulia.org.