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Friday, Aug. 5
First Friday, Medway -- Betania II Spiritual Retreat and Conference Center, 154 Summer Street, invites all to celebrate First Friday devotions with Holy Mass and healing service at 7:00 p.m. For more information please call 508-533-5377.

Friday, Aug. 5
Vigil, Waltham -- The monthly all-night Eucharistic vigil in reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart, will be held at Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Parish, 880 Trapelo Road. The 9:00 p.m. Mass of the Sacred Heart will be celebrated by Father Dermot Roache, SMA, Chaplain of the Family of Divine Mercy Apostolate. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening. The vigil will end with Mass of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at 5:00 a.m. celebrated by Father Michael Adebote, SMA. For more information email helentherese@comcast.net or call 978-453-7446.

Saturday, Aug. 6
Marian Devotion, Lowell -- Holy Trinity Church, 340 High Street, will hold the monthly Marian Devotion at 6 p.m. Recitation of the rosary and other prayers will honor Our Lady. We hope you will consider joining us. For more information, please call Anna or Ted at 978-454-4395.

Monday, Aug. 8
Special Event, Hanover -- The Feast of the Portiuncula Annual Outdoor Mass will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Cardinal Cushing Center, Rte. 53. Eucharistic adoration, confessions and prayer will take place from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Portiuncula Chapel.

Friday, Aug. 12
Lebanese Festival, Jamaica Plain -- Our Lady of the Cedars of Lebanon Church will hold its seventh Annual Lebanese Festival at 61 Rockwood Street, Friday from 5:00-11:00 p.m.; Saturday from 3:00-11:00 p.m.; and Sunday fron noon-4:00 p.m. The festival features live music, dancing, fun kids' games and activities, souvenirs and a whole host of raffle prizes. The main attractions are a good selection of refreshing drinks, delicious foods and a wide variety of pastries. Valet parking as well as free offsite parking with shuttle service will be available. For more information, visit www.ourladyofthecedars.org.

Saturday, Aug. 13
Morning Retreat, Medway -- Betania II Spiritual Retreat and Conference Center, 154 Summer Street, invites all to gather at 8:45 a.m. to pray for our priests. The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. with adoration, confession and prayer. Benediction will take place at 10:45 a.m. followed by Holy Mass at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will be at noon and it can be either purchased or you can bring your own. Drinks will be provided. All are welcome.

Saturday, Aug. 13
Fatima Days, Holliston -- The Xaverian Missionaries will hold the traditional Fatima Day celebration in honor of Our Lady at the Fatima Shrine, 101 Summer Street. This year's theme is connected to the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy: Mary Mother of Mercy. The main celebrant and homilist will be Father Adolph Menendez, sx. Father Adolph served for almost 30 years in the missions: first in Japan and then in Mexico. At present he is in Holliston involved in mission education and pastoral ministry. The evening begins with sing-along at 6:30 p.m. and Mass at 7:00 p.m. At 8 p.m., Rosary and candlelight procession followed by refreshments served in the Shrine's Hall. All are welcome. For more information, call 508-429-2144 or visit www.xaverianmissionaries.org.

Friday, Aug. 19
Training Retreat, Hingham -- Glastonbury Abbey, 16 Hull Street, will host ''Lord, Teach Me to Pray,'' a facilitator training-retreat from 6:30 p.m. Friday through 4:00 p.m. Saturday. If you are interested in improving your prayer life and helping others with theirs, this retreat and training prepares you to facilitate small Ignatian prayer groups in local parishes. The "Training-Retreat" itself is free and is open to all. Retreat Center fees apply for room and meals. For info and registration, download registration form at www.lordteachmetopray.com or contact Mrs. Carol Weiler, 504-439-5933 or carolweiler@cox.net.