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  • Mass. bishops back earned sick time ballot measure

    BRAINTREE -- Bishops of the four Catholic Dioceses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts urged a "Yes" vote on Question 4 in a statement, Oct. 16, bearing the signatures of Boston Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, Bishop of Worcester Robert J. McManus, Bishop of Springfield Mitchell T. Rozanski, and Bishop of Fall River Edgar M. da Cunha.

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  • Family and friends remember Bishop John Boles

    BOSTON -- Friends, family and faithful from all over the Archdiocese of Boston came to pay respects to retired Boston auxiliary Bishop John P. Boles at Regina Cleri in Boston Oct. 14, honoring a man who served as bishop, priest and educator in his 59 years of service to the Church.

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  • Bishop Boles was 'was a beacon of warmth to all who met him'

    Boston's senior former auxiliary bishop, the Bishop John P. Boles died Oct. 9, 2014 at St. Patrick Manor in Framingham. He was 84 years old. In an Oct. 9 statement, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley said, "Over the course of nearly 60 years of priesthood and 22 years of service as a bishop, Bishop Boles was a beacon of warmth to all who met him as he showed pastoral care and concern for the Catholic faithful and the wider community. He brought a sense of joy, kindness and fidelity to the Church that inspired us and provided an example for others to follow.

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  • St. Paul's Choir School celebrates release of Christmas CD

    The boys of the St. Paul's Choir School proudly announced the release of their debut international recording, "Christmas in Harvard Square," on Oct. 7. "When I came to St. Paul's Choir School, I knew we would have the opportunity to sign beautiful hymns at Mass," said Christian Landry, a seventh grader at the school. "But I never thought we would have the opportunity to be professionally recorded and to have a CD sold around the world. How many other students our age have that awesome opportunity?"

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  • Bishops urge support of ballot casino repeal

    Casino tycoons assure Bay Staters that they will bring jobs and revenue here, but opponents call their pledge a bluff. The people opposed to expanded gaming in Massachusetts, including the four Catholic bishops, urge citizens to vote "Yes" on Question 3, which would overturn the 2011 law that establishes three casinos and one slots parlor. Question 3 will appear on ballots statewide on Nov. 4.

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  • MLK niece to speak on pro-life cause in Boston next month

    BOSTON -- The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will travel to Boston in November to speak to Boston's Christian community on behalf of the unborn. Hosted by the Franciscans of Primitive Observance and St. Patrick Parish in Roxbury, Alveda C. King, will speak at a public event at the parish Nov. 8 in the afternoon. She will also speak that evening at an invitation-only event for an ecumenical group of Christian pastors from Boston.

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  • Brandeis honors founder of liberation theology

    WALTHAM -- Brandeis University honored Father Gustavo Gutierrez, Oct. 5, with the Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize for his dedicated advocacy on behalf of the poor in Latin America and his commitment to Catholic social justice.

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  • Pro-life vigil not affected by new buffer zone law

    BOSTON -- Advocacy group for the unborn, 40 Days for Life Boston, began their 40-day campaign in front of the Planned Parenthood on Commonwealth Avenue, Sept. 24, their first since a new law replaced a 35-foot buffer zone law overturned by the Supreme Court in June.

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  • Reward program helps diners feed the hungry

    BOSTON -- An innovative new Boston startup leverages the power of reward and customer loyalty programs against the problem of poverty-induced hunger, and gives those who participate a new way to help the hungry.

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  • Over 100 Catholic school students receive Marr Scholarships

    The Daniel F. Marr, Jr. Scholarship Endowment Fund of the Catholic Community Fund of the Archdiocese of Boston presented scholarships to 110 students attending 13 Catholic secondary schools and nine Catholic elementary schools have been awarded scholarships last month.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Friday (9/26), I went to St. Agatha's in Milton for a Mass with our Catholic school teachers from the South Region who were holding their professional development day. ... the stained-glass window in the sacristy of St. Agatha's. It is a lovely picture of the Holy Family, but it caught my eye because it has the letters JMJ. When I was in Catholic school we had to put JMJ on every piece of paper -- Jesus, Mary and Joseph. It brought back wonderful memories of my own Catholic school education and served as a reminder of the important work that these Catholic school teachers are doing.

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  • Bishop John P. Boles passes to the Lord at age 84

    Boston's senior former auxiliary bishop, the Bishop John P. Boles died Oct. 9, 2014 at St. Patrick Manor in Framingham. He was 84 years old. In an Oct. 9 statement, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley said, "Over the course of nearly 60 years of priesthood and 22 years of service as a bishop, Bishop Boles was a beacon of warmth to all who met him as he showed pastoral care and concern for the Catholic faithful and the wider community. He brought a sense of joy, kindness and fidelity to the Church that inspired us and provided an example for others to follow.

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  • Record turnout to support priests at annual dinner

    BOSTON -- A record number of supporters and guests gathered at the Archdiocese of Boston's sixth annual Celebration of the Priesthood dinner, Sept. 24, to honor and thank Boston priests for the difference they make in the lives of the faithful through their service.

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  • Hackett to speak following combined Red and White Mass Oct. 26

    SOUTH END -- The Archdiocese of Boston's Catholic Lawyers' Guild and the Guild of St. Luke for healthcare workers will host guest speaker Kenneth Hackett, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, after a combined celebration of the Red Mass and White Mass Oct. 26 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

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  • Book of reflections continues Thorp's legacy

    David Thorp, who passed away in 2011 after three decades of service to Catholics in Boston, left written reflections that have been compiled into a new book. Friends and family say the book, "Encountering the Living God: A Journal of Prayer and Discovery," continues his legacy of encouraging others to draw closer to their Creator.

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  • Boston marks 35 years since Pope St. John Paul II's visit

    Even as Bostonians hope for a visit to Boston from our current Holy Father, Pope Francis, many recall the visit of the only pope to visit Boston. Pope St. John Paul II visited the U.S. 35 years ago this week, making his first stop on his first pastoral visit to the United States, touching down in Boston on Oct. 1, 1979.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Saturday afternoon (9/20) I was invited to visit the Quincy Catholic collaborative. The collaborative was having a parish carnival and several of the booths represented different ministries in the parish, such as the adoration society, the Chinese apostolate and others. Of course there were also many rides and games and I met a clown there. Things seem to be going very well in the collaborative. I am pleased that they have begun outreach to the Chinese community of Quincy, which is an important demographic there.

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  • Cheverus School announces new principal

    MALDEN -- Cheverus School and Sacred Hearts Parish announced the appointment of their new principal, Thomas Arria Jr., Sept. 26. Arria joins Cheverus School from Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he served as principal for the 2013-2014 school year .

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  • 13 permanent deacons ordained for Boston

    SOUTH END -- As he ordained 13 new permanent deacons at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Sept. 20, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley recounted the history of the diaconate and his appreciation for their ministry.

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  • Public Safety Mass honors those who serve

    SOUTH END -- Bagpipes flared and drums beat as law enforcement and emergency personnel led the procession into the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Sept. 21, for the first Mass for Public Safety Personnel and Families held in 13 years to honor those who serve, especially those fallen in the line of duty.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    I have spent much of this week in Rome for meetings with the Holy Father and the group of cardinals advising him. He was with us for all the meetings except for Wednesday morning, when he always gives his weekly audience. In our previous meetings, we have spent much of our time addressing issues surrounding the economic offices of the Holy See, as well as reviewing the various congregations and pontifical councils. With this meeting we continued to look at the different dicasteries, and the way they fulfill their mission in the context of the challenges we face in the areas of family life and social justice. We also began working on the new Constitution that will reform the Roman Curia. We are hoping to offer the Holy Father a text early next year to allow him time get wider further input as he prepares the final document.

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