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  • Archdiocesan high school 2016 football season round-up

    Marian vs. Maynard Playing at Framingham State on Thanksgiving eve, the Marian Mustangs ended their season with a 40-20 loss to Maynard (Division 4A champions) but not without putting up a good battle. Marian scored first at the start and then in the fourth, Josh O'Connell rushed for two touchdowns. Marian, led by Harry Lesage (first season), ends at 4-7.

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  • Bishop O'Connell to hold open Q and A forum

    NORTH READING -- When he was named a bishop in June, Bishop Mark O'Connell chose the motto "Invenimus Messiam" ("We have found the Messiah,") to underscore his commitment to evangelization. Now, as pastor of St. Theresa Parish in North Reading, just one of his new roles as bishop, Bishop O'Connell is putting his motto into action by holding a special forum Dec. 13 open to all but geared especially toward "fallen away Catholics, confused Catholics, and non-Catholics."

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    I was very happy to be able to spend Thanksgiving with my family in Miami. And, of course, it was the day after Thanksgiving that we saw the death of Fidel Castro. The passing of Fidel Castro is certainly a very historic moment. Even though he has been out of the limelight and power for some years, his presence was certainly very important in Cuba and in Cuba's relations with the rest of the world, particularly with Venezuela and the United States.

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  • New book documents Shriver's search for the 'Real Pope Francis'

    BOSTON -- "Intrigued." That is how Mark K. Shriver, president of the Save the Children Action Network, said he felt as he watched Jorge Mario Bergoglio become Pope Francis in March 2013. "His first couple of actions -- from asking for blessings from the people before he blessed them as the new pope, to paying for his hotel bill, to washing the feet of those young juvenile delinquents at the Casa del Marmo -- really caught my eye," he recalled.

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  • Cardinal joins Boston Greek Orthodox for patronal feast

    BROOKLINE -- Following long-standing ecumenical tradition, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston invited representatives of the Archdiocese of Boston, Nov. 29, to celebrate the Feast of St. Andrew at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral Center Chapel in Brookline.

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  • Forming the Future: Good Shepherd School, Charlestown

    CHARLESTOWN -- The first years of education "open the doors to learning," according to Jessica Maxwell, director of the Good Shepherd School, a Catholic preschool in Charlestown. "By giving our young students a place to thrive, we help set them up to become learners in the future," she said.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Sunday (11/20) was the Mass marking the close of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. There were huge crowds for the outdoor Mass on a picture-perfect day. The Mass began with the closing of the Holy Door. ...One of my thoughts on the Year of Mercy that I shared frequently is that it was our hope that this special year would be a preface to the Church's focus on this very central theme of the Gospels and our faith, which is mercy. This apostolic letter is putting forth ideas that can help us to continue this most successful spiritual event.

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  • Celebrating Advent

    Advent is upon us. While the world seems to be a frenzy of Christmas shopping, traveling, decorating and entertaining, the Church presents us with a unique traditional alternative: a season of reflection, preparation and penance as we anticipate the birth of Christ.

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  • Healy Award Dinner honors two for 'selfless' service

    RANDOLPH -- Dr. Martin Williams and Carolyn Caveny were honored at the 23rd annual Bishop James Augustine Healy Award Dinner, held Nov. 19 at Lombardo's in Randolph, for their work on behalf of the black Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Boston.

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  • Faith and reason celebrated at first Gold Mass for scientists

    CAMBRIDGE -- The newly formed Society of Catholic Scientists held their first ever event, a Gold Mass for scientists, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's chapel, Nov. 15. An international group that was incorporated into the Archdiocese of Philadelphia over the summer, the Society of Catholic Scientists, "exists as a place where Catholic scientists can share their knowledge, perspectives, and intellectual and spiritual gifts with each other for their mutual enrichment, and with fellow Catholics and the wider community," according to its website.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    I spent much of my time at the USCCB's annual Fall General Assembly in Baltimore. Our gathering officially began on Monday but those who serve on committees usually arrive early to attend meetings over the weekend.

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  • Forming the Future: Fontbonne welcomes Seton Academy seniors

    This September, when the senior class began their final year at Fontbonne Academy, an all-girls high school in Milton, there were many new faces in the crowd: the entire senior class from Elizabeth Seton Academy, an all-girls high school in Dorchester, had been added to their numbers.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    The United States has a new President-elect and a new Vice-President-elect; honoring one of the greatest traditions of our democracy, I encourage the people of our country to offer President-elect Trump and Vice-President-elect Pence our prayers and best wishes for a successful administration for the United States and for our role in the world.

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