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Sunday, Dec. 17
Church Blessing, North End -- Please join the Franciscan Friars and parishioners of Saint Leonard Church for noon Mass and blessing of the newly renovated church and the consecration of the altar by Cardinal O'Malley. Light refreshments will be served following the Mass and ceremony.

Sunday, Dec. 17
Healing Service, Walpole -- At 2:00 p.m., there will be a Mass and healing service conducted by Father Joseph P. McDermott at Blessed Sacrament Church. All those who are suffering from physical ills or are burdened spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and/or psychologically are cordially invited to come and pray for their needs and the needs of others. If you have any questions or for further information please call Margaret at 781-762-2029.

Sunday, Dec. 17
Concert, Clinton -- Saint John's Parish, 80 Union Street, is hosting ''Prope est Dominus: Music for Advent'' with musician David Hughes at 5:00 p.m. Joined by our music director, Marc DeMille, he will present a program of hymns, chants and organ music for the season of Advent. Admission is free and families are welcome. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Monday, Dec. 18
Presentation, Boston -- Paulist Center, 5 Park Street, is hosting Father Tom Ryan, CSP, noted author and spiritual director, who will give a presentation entitled, ''Quality Time with Friends and Family.'' The Christmas holidays provide a rich opportunity to reflect on how to make this special time part of our holistic spiritual life. Light refreshments will be served. Call 617-742-4460 or go to www.paulistcenter.org for more info.

Monday, Dec. 18
Mass for the Sick, Newton -- The next monthly Mass for the sick, sponsored by the faith-based cancer support group of Sacred Heart and Our Lady Help of Christians Church, will be today at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady's Church, 573 Washington Street. Father Dan Riley, administrator of our collaborative, will celebrate the Mass and anointing of the sick. Following refreshments of festive cookies and punch, Anne Marie David and her OL choir will lead us in a beautiful Christmas carol sing-along. For questions or more information, please contact Pat Enright at 617-467-4482 or pme1130@aol.com.

Monday, Dec. 18
Praise and Worship, Westwood -- Saint Margaret Mary Parish, 845 High Street, is hosting an evening of prayer, eucharistic adoration, confession, a witness talk, praise and worship with Delmore Worship Band and refreshments from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event is free.

Friday, Dec. 22
Nooners Luncheon, Jamaica Plain -- Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish, 97 South Street, is hosting its nooners luncheon, following noon Mass, with a Christmas concert with Father Carlos, in Father Thomas Hall.

Saturday, Dec. 23
Addiction Ministry, Hanson -- Saint Joseph the Worker Church hosts family healing from addiction ministry the fourth Saturday of the month from 11:30-12:30 a.m., followed by a light refreshments. For more info, contact Father Mike Hobson at 781-293-3581 ext. 211.

Sunday, Dec. 24
Midnight Mass, South End -- The Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington Street, is hosting Midnight Mass for Christmas, with chorale prelude starting at 11:30 p.m., in Our Lady's Chapel.

Sunday, Dec. 24
Carol Festival, Medford -- Saint Joseph's Parish young adult music group, "The Messengers," will be presenting a special carol festival, which will include a Christmas pageant by the children of the parish, at 3:30 p.m., prior to the celebration of Christmas Mass at 4:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 29
Christmas Concert, South End -- The Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington Street, is hosting a Christmas concert with the choir of the Redemptorist Mater Seminary at 7:00 p.m., followed by a reception with hot chocolate and refreshments.

Sunday, Dec. 31
Healing Service, Roxbury -- The Basilica of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, 1545 Tremont Street, is hosting a healing service from 2:00-4:00 p.m. with Father Robert Lennon CSsR. Join us as we gather together in prayer for the purpose of physical, emotional and spiritual healing. For more information call the Healing and Restoration Ministry at 617-442-2008.

Wednesday, Jan. 10
Prayer Group, Lowell -- The San Damiano House of Prayer, 333 Pawtucket Street, will host a monthly Centering Prayer group on the second Wednesday of each month beginning today. The group will meet from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the upstairs room outside the chapel. Kindly visit our website for more information: www.sandamiano-houseofprayer.org. If you are interested in joining this group, please call Sister Linda Greenwood at 978-441-0988.