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  • 'Saints of Mercy' relics installed at Pru chapel

    BOSTON -- One by one, dozens of people kneeled down to pray before the three reliquaries, golden and shining softly from the lights in Prudential Center's St. Francis Chapel, and containing relics of the three 20th century "Marian Saints of Mercy" -- St. Faustina, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and Pope St. John Paul II.

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  • St. Mary's Center receives $1 million gift

    DORCHESTER -- During an Oct. 12 press conference, St. Mary's Center for Women and Children in Dorchester announced the largest single corporate gift the center has ever received -- a $1 million donation match offer from Amazon.

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  • Cardinal addresses immigration crisis at Red Mass

    BOSTON -- In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, a lawyer and "expert in the law," asks Jesus who his neighbor is. Jesus tells him about a man who has been beaten and stripped of his possessions and left to die lying on the side of the road. A priest walks by, looks at him, and continues on. A Levite does the same. Finally, a Samaritan, a person who would have been considered an outsider at that time, stops and aids the wounded man.

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  • Workshop to educate parish staff on addiction crisis

    BRAINTREE -- A free workshop meant to educate and provide resources on addiction to clergy and parish staff will be held at the Pastoral Center in Braintree, Oct. 26. Called "Bringing Christ into Recovery," the workshop will begin and end in prayer, and will feature short talks by a number of mental health and addiction recovery professionals. A free lunch, which will include time to network, will also be provided.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Wednesday (10/11) we had our board meeting of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the archdiocese. We heard some very encouraging reports about all their activities. Earlier that day we had just hosted our annual Mission Education Day for Catholic school students, which is presented by one of the Pontifical Mission Societies -- The Missionary Childhood Association. I was very happy to celebrate morning Mass for them in our Bethany Chapel. We were joined at the Mass by Father Dermot Roache from the SMA Fathers and Father Jim DiPerri who was there with his student choir, which did a fabulous job singing for us at the Mass.

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  • Newton parish helps refugee family settle in Boston

    ROXBURY -- Mujahid Komi sat informally on one of the cushioned chairs in his living room, Oct. 6. He looked comfortable. His wife, Huda Komi, sat across from him, smiling. Their apartment, a beautiful, spacious space in Roxbury, was warm, and the sun shone in from the windows and shined off the hardwood floors.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Then, that afternoon (9/30), I went to Lowell to attend the Reason for Our Hope Conference held at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Two of the organizers of the conference, Mary Dumont and Jason Lampron, spoke with CatholicTV in August to explain how the conference came together.

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  • Celebration raises over $1.6 million to support Boston priests

    BOSTON -- Over 1,650 people -- a record number -- came together for the ninth annual Celebration of the Priesthood Dinner to offer thanks and support to the priests in the Archdiocese of Boston. The annual dinner gala serves as a major fundraising event for the archdiocese's Clergy Health and Retirement Trust (formerly 'Clergy Funds'), which provides health, welfare, and retirement support for the archdiocese's active and retired priests. This year's gala, held Sept. 28 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, raised over $1.6 million for the trust, the second highest total ever raised in the event's nine years.

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  • Lawn Party raises record amount for Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary

    WESTON -- After arriving at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston on Aug. 23, 2015, it took seminarian Corey Bassett-Tirrell of the Archdiocese of Boston only 30 minutes to feel at home. Speaking to the hundreds of people gathered under a tent on the seminary grounds for the 36th annual Lawn Party, Sept. 27, Bassett-Tirrell shared his vocation story.

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  • First responders honored at Public Safety Mass

    WEST ROXBURY -- In his homily during the annual Mass for Public Safety Personnel and Families on Oct. 1, standing in front of police officers, firefighters, correction officers, and other first responders, Father Sean Connor, Boston police chaplain, spoke of the saints.

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  • Seven ordained permanent deacons

    BROCKTON -- As she watched her dad, Brian Francis Shea, be ordained a permanent deacon during a Mass at St. Edith Stein Church in Brockton, Sept. 30, Julie Shea cried in the pews. He's been waiting to do this probably since he was 30 or so," she told The Pilot following the Mass. "He wanted to wait until all of the kids grew up, out of college, maybe have a job, so he could do something for himself."

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  • Respect Life Mass celebrated at Seaport Shrine

    SOUTH BOSTON -- About 250 people of all ages gathered for the archdiocese's Respect Life Mass at Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine on Oct. 1. "You are a unique, unrepeatable, masterpiece," said Father Matt Williams, the celebrant of the Mass, in his homily. "And that is true about every person, born and unborn, in the world today."

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  • Hundreds march for life on Boston Common

    BOSTON -- Hundreds of pro-life supporters stopped traffic around the Boston Common as they marched, sang, and prayed during the 2017 Massachusetts March for Life on Oct. 1. Hosted by Massachusetts Citizens for Life, the event began at 1 p.m. with a rally at the Parkman Bandstand in Boston Common. The rally included live praise and worship music and a series of pro-life speakers.

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  • Vatican 'too optimistic' in talks with China, says visiting Hong Kong cardinal

    SOUTH BOSTON -- At 85, said Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, "I do two things only: talking and rest, rest and talking." He laughed. It has been several years since the cardinal last visited Boston, but he seemed at home sitting at a meeting table in St. James the Greater Church, Sept. 25, drinking hot tea that parochial vicar Father Peter Shen had just prepared.

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  • Seven to be ordained permanent deacons

    BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley will ordain seven men as permanent deacons at St. Edith Stein Parish in Brockton on Sept. 30, 2017 at 10 a.m. The four-year journey to the diaconate for these seven men began in September 2013 when they began attending classes two nights a week with their wives. The Deaconate Formation Program also requires two retreats a year, one with wives and one together as a class, and monthly meetings on Saturdays for special speakers and topics not covered in the curriculum. The program now offers the men the option to complete a master's degree in theology after ordination with a few additional courses at The Theological Institute for New Evangelization.

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  • Relics of 'Saints of Mercy' headed to Pru chapel

    BOSTON -- Amid the commotion of stores and restaurants and the hustle and bustle of tourists and shoppers in Boston's Prudential Center, St. Francis Chapel offers visitors a place to pray, worship, and escape from the commercial world through the spiritual one. Soon, it will offer one more thing: the public veneration of relics of three "Marian Saints of Mercy."

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Certainly, this past week has been a very difficult time, with so many catastrophic events afflicting our planet -- the very powerful hurricanes in the Caribbean and the terrible earthquake in Mexico. These have been great human tragedies, and we pray for all those who are suffering in their aftermath.

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  • Mass for Public Safety Personnel to be held Oct. 1

    SOUTH END -- Police officers, firefighters, EMTs, corrections officers, and other first responders from across the Archdiocese of Boston will be honored Oct. 1 during the annual Mass for Public Safety Personnel and Families, held this year at St. Theresa of Avila Church in West Roxbury.

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  • CatholicTV telethon raises over $300,000 for media ministry

    WATERTOWN -- On Sept. 15 and Sept. 16, the CatholicTV Network held its 26th Telethon, raising over $300,000 from generous viewers in the United States and abroad. This year's telethon was hosted by Bishop Robert Reed, Jay Fadden, and Kevin Nelson, and featured acts by talented performers, including singers from St. Bridget's Parish in Maynard; comedy duo Nun and Nunner; and renowned musicians Eric Genuis and Stephanie Scogna.

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  • Congregation of St. Athanasius celebrates 20th year

    BRAINTREE -- When in 1996, Father Richard Bradford, rector of the Episcopalian Parish of All Saints in Ashmont, left the Episcopal Church, several dozen parishioners left with him. It wasn't that they had lost their faith; just that they had discovered another one, Catholicism, and it spoke to them.

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  • BC students injured in acid attack in France, ask for prayers for attacker

    BRAINTREE -- Four Boston College students studying overseas were injured in an acid attack, Sept. 17, in Marseille, France. BC juniors Courtney Siverling, Charlotte Kaufman, Michelle Krug, and Kelsey Kosten were at a train station in Marseille when a woman sprayed them with an acidic solution. The students were taken to the hospital, where they were treated for burns and released later that day.

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  • Sisters of St. Joseph participate in general chapter year

    During 2017 and 2018, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston and associates will gather for chapter weekends in September, October, February, and March. A special theme is selected each time the sisters prepare for a general chapter. The theme for the 2017-2018 chapter is "Impelled by God's inclusive Love."

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    This week I have been in Rome for meetings of the C9 Council of Cardinals advising the Holy Father on the reform of the Roman Curia and for activities of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

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