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Sunday, Nov. 30
Consecrated Life Mass, South End -- The opening Mass for the Year of Consecrated Life will take place today at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington Street, at 2:00 p.m. with Most Rev. Peter J. Uglietto, vicar general and moderator of the curia, as celebrant. All are welcome. Reception to follow. Kindly rsvp to Sister Marian Batho, CSJ at Sr_Marian_Batho@rcab.org or 617-746-5637.

Monday, Dec. 1
God of this City Tour, Lynnfield -- Lift Ministries and the Office for Lifelong Faith Formation and Parish Support are sponsoring the God of this City Tour in various locations throughout the archdiocese. The nights include praise and worship, adoration and speakers. All nights will be from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Tonight will be at Saint Maria Goretti Parish, Lynnfield. Call 781-334-2367 for more info.

Monday, Dec. 1
Faith Formation, Stoneham -- An instruction on the Catholic moral vision regarding marriage and sexuality will be given by Father Jurgen Liias at Saint Patrick's Church, 71 Central Street, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 2
God of this City Tour, Walpole -- The God of this City tour continues at Most Blessed Sacrament Parish. Call 781-245-2080 for more info. See Dec. 1 entry for more event details.

Tuesday, Dec. 2
Healing Mass, Hingham -- Saint Paul's charismatic prayer group will be hosting a healing Mass from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Father Tom Nestor will be the celebrant. For more info, please contact Gordon Snow at 617-347-5439.

Tuesday, Dec. 2
Prayer Group, Methuen -- The Padre Pio Prayer Group of Saint Monica Parish, 212 Lawrence Street, will meet in the chapel at 6:30 p.m. For more info, please call the parish office at 978-683-1193.

Wednesday, Dec. 3
God of this City Tour, Billerica -- The God of this City tour continues at Saint Theresa of Lisieux Parish. Call 978-663-2215 for more info. See Dec. 1 entry for more event details.

Wednesday, Dec. 3
Charismatic Prayer Group, Boston -- The Paulist Center Charismatic Prayer Group will meet tonight from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Our group meets on Wednesday nights, twice a month in the Holy Spirit Chapel of the Paulist Center, 5 Park Street. If you have any questions, please contact Nora Bolcon at 617-573-1664.

Wednesday, Dec. 3
Advent Reflection, Lawrence -- Saint Patrick Parish, 118 South Broadway, is hosting a 7:00 p.m. Advent evening of reflection to explore the meaning of Advent and learn about prayers and activities to help focus spiritually during the Advent season. Breakout sessions will be in English and Spanish. All ages are welcome. For information, call 978-683-9416.

Wednesday, Dec. 3
Prayer Group, Melrose -- Padre Pio prayer group of Saint Mary of the Annunciation Parish, 8 Myrtle Street, will meet in the lower chapel at 7:00 p.m. Tonight we will focus on the Novena Prayer for Life of Our Lady of Guadalupe and also Padre Pio's meditation on the Immaculate Conception.

Thursday, Dec. 4
God of this City Tour, Rockland -- The God of this City tour continues at Holy Family Parish. Call 781-878-0160 for more info. See Dec. 1 entry for more event details.

Friday, Dec. 5
God of this City Tour, South End -- The God of this City tour finishes at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Call 617-542-5682 for more info. See Dec. 1 entry for more event details.

Friday, Dec. 5
Christmas Tree Sale, Melrose -- Join us for the annual Saint Mary's School Christmas tree sale, in the schoolyard at 4 Myrtle Street. All sales benefit the graduation week activities for the 8th grade. The sale will be today from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5
Healing Service, Halifax -- Our Lady of Lakes Parish, 280 Monponsett Street, is hosting a healing Mass with a witness talk by Frank Kelly at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Cheryl at 781-293- 7971.

Friday, Dec. 5
Dramatic Performance, Lexington -- Olivia Woodford returns to greater Boston to present her one-woman Advent play, "Faith: A Mother's Story." This joyful and inspiring Advent presentation will be performed today at Sacred Heart Church, 16 Follen Road, at 7:00 p.m. and Dec. 7 at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Braintree at 5:00 p.m. For more information about Olivia's ministry and these or other performances, visit www.biblewomen.com.

Friday, Dec. 5
Eucharistic Vigil, Norwood -- Saint Catherine of Siena Church, Nahatan Street, is hosting an all-night eucharistic vigil starting at 5:15 p.m. and finishing with 7:00 a.m. Mass tomorrow. To sign up for an hour or for more info, call Betty at 781-769-4563.

Friday, Dec. 5
Eucharistic Vigil, Everett -- The monthly all night eucharistic vigil will be held at Immaculate Conception Church, 487 Broadway Street, starting with 9:00 p.m. Mass and ending with 5:00 a.m. Mass tomorrow. The theme of this vigil will be to protect all human life from conception to natural death. Religious exercises will be included throughout the night. For further information, contact 978-453-7446.

Friday, Dec. 5
Healing Service, Pembroke -- Deacon Jack Sullivan will be conducting a Healing Service at Saint Thecla Parish, 145 Washington Street, at 5:15 p.m. and every first Friday thereafter with his relic of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman. Any questions, call Deacon Jack at 781-837-9511.

Saturday, Dec. 6
Christmas Bazaar, Marlborough -- Saint Matthias Parish, 409 Hemenway Street, is hosting their annual Christmas Bazaar from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in the parish hall. This year is sure to please with a variety of local crafters selling jewelry, knit goods, beautiful holiday gifts and so much more. Admission is always free. For further information or to purchase raffle tickets in advance, please contact the parish office at 508-460-9255.

Sunday, Dec. 7
Holiday Concert, Newburyport -- Immaculate Conception Church, 42 Green Street, is hosting a holiday fundraiser concert the New England Tenors at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and seniors, $12 for 12 and under. Refreshments will be served during intermission. For ticket info, contact Jan Kolman at 978-462-3339.

Sunday, Dec. 7
Christmas Concert, Cambridge -- Saint Paul's Church, 29 Mt. Auburn Street, is hosting "A Celebration of Christmas" at 3:00 p.m. Music Director John Robinson leads the Choir of Saint Paul's in celebrating the Christmas season with a varied program of Christmas favorites. Accompanied by Back Bay Brass Quintet. Tickets are $25/$35. There will be another showing on Dec. 14. For more information, visit our website www.stpaulchoirschool.com or call 617-868-8658 ext. 315.

Monday, Dec. 8
Women's Meeting, North Billerica -- Courageous Catholic Women will meet from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Saint Andrew Catholic Church, 45 Talbot Avenue. This month's meeting will focus on the season of Advent. We look forward to coming together with others as we strive to be "Courageous Catholic Women" and we welcome all interested women to join us. Contact Fran at 978-387-3155 or fmb0427@verizon.net for more information.

Tuesday, Dec. 9
Healing Service, Hanover -- The Prayer Group of Saint Mary of the Sacred Heart Church, 392 Hanover Street, will hold a Mass and healing service at 7:15 p.m. to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day with Father Agustin Anda as celebrant. The Mass will be followed by individual prayers and the laying on of hands. Come and experience the healing powers of Jesus. For info, call 781-826-4955.

Friday, Dec. 12
Musical Entertainment, Topsfield -- Saint Rose of Lima Parish, Park Street, will present "Everlasting Light," a musical by Claire Cloninger and Mark Hayes, directed by Susan Frontera, at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A free-will offering will be collected. Light refreshments to follow.

Friday, Dec. 12
Adoration, Watertown -- Saint Patrick's Parish, Main Street, is hosting 4 hours of traditional eucharistic adoration that will also include the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00 p.m., Holy Rosary at 4:00 p.m. and benediction at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join us to pray and worship our Lord. Please use the rear entrance.

Saturday, Dec. 13
Advent Concert, Boston -- Boston Paulist Center, 5 Park Street, presents a 40 member ensemble of choir and instrumentalists who will present "Pacem," a musical event heralding peace throughout the world today at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. A children's pageant precedes the Dec. 14th concert. The music will feature unique settings of familiar carols and beautiful contemporary compositions. Holiday hospitality offered after each performance. For info, contact 617-742-4460 or FiveParkSt@aol.com. Tickets are $10 advance, $15 door for an individual; $25 advance, $30 door for families.

Saturday, Dec. 13
Prayer Group, Brockton -- Padre Pio prayer group of The Chapel of Our Savior, 475 Westgate Drive, will meet today following the 12:05 p.m. Mass. Meeting will consist of our regular devotions along with Our Lady of Guadalupe's Novena Prayers for Life. We will also discuss Padre Pio's meditation on the Immaculate Conception. Confessions are available from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Questions, please call Brother Thomas at the Chapel gift shop at 508-583-8357.

Saturday, Dec. 13
Men's Prayer Group, Dracut -- The "Men of Saint Joseph" is an established men's ministry whose mission is to call men to become the strong and faith-filled husbands, fathers, and leaders, whom God has created us to be. Saint Rita, Saint Marguerite D'Youville, and Saint Mary Magdalen Parishes are the proud hosts of the Men of Saint Joseph in the Greater Lowell area. We meet on the Second Saturday of every month. Each monthly meeting includes prayer, food, and faith-building fellowship. All meetings will begin by 7:00 a.m. and end no later than 9:00 a.m. Today's meeting will be at Saint Marguerite D'Youville Parish, (Saint Therese's Church), 1340 Lakeview Avenue.

Sunday, Dec. 14
Author Talk, Milton -- Saint Agatha Church, 432 Adams Street, is hosting local author Arthur Boyle who will speak about his miraculous cure at Medugorje and his book "Six Months to Live: Three Guys on the Ultimate Quest for a Miracle" at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. However, following Artie's talk there will be an opportunity to make a free will donation to Saint Agatha Parish's project to feed the poor in Burkina Faso, Africa. For more information, please contact Mary Campion at lifelong@stagathaparish.org.

Sunday, Dec. 14
Shawl Ministry, Newton -- ''Mary's Mantles,'' the shawl ministry of Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, 270 Elliot Street, will meet in the lower rectory conference room following the 10:30 a.m. Traditional Latin Mass; opening prayer begins at 1:00 p.m. Please join us in creating shawls and lap robes for those in need.

Saturday, Dec. 20
Breakfast with Santa, South Weymouth -- Knights of Columbus #5027, 25 Chauncy Street, is hosting Breakfast with Santa from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Please join us for an all you can eat breakfast with eggs cooked to order and a visit by Santa around 10:00 a.m. $7 per person, kids under 12 are free. Parents please contact Santa's helper about a gift for your child. Contact Michael Howell at 781-682-1016 or m.howell99@comcast.net or go to www.kofc5027.weebly.com.

Saturday, Dec. 20
Advent Reflection, Waltham -- The Serra Club of Boston presents an Advent morning of reflection entitled "Christmas: The Reason for Our Joy" with Father Daniel Hennessey, club chaplain, at Saint Mary Parish. We will begin with Mass at 8:30 a.m., followed by refreshments, presentation, adoration, confession, with dismissal at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome.

Sunday, Dec. 21
Choir Concert, Marlborough -- Immacuate Conception Parish Choir and Children's Choir will present a free Christmas concert of "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" at 3:00 p.m. This beautiful candle-lit service illuminates the prophecy of Christ's coming and birth through scripture and song. There will be scripture readings, anthems by the choirs, and carols to be sung by the congregation. Don't miss this wonderful event as we prepare for the glorious Christmas Season. The program will be followed by a reception. For more information, call 508-485-0016.