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  • Archdiocese outlines abuse response in parish bulletins

    BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán O'Malley and the four auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Boston have released a four-page document outlining archdiocese's efforts to help victims of sexual abuse and prevent abuse in the Church to be inserted in the bulletins of every parish the weekend of Nov. 10-11.

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  • CatholicTV launches 'Together We Rebuild' prayer campaign

    WATERTOWN -- What can a media organization do to help viewers in a time of crisis? The staff of the CatholicTV Network is about to find out. On Nov. 6, iCatholicMedia Inc. president and CEO Bishop Robert Reed, CatholicTV general manager Jay Fadden, and senior producer Kevin Nelson appeared on the network's talk show "This is the Day" to announce the launch of a six-month campaign for penance and renewal in the Church, entitled "Together We Rebuild." It began on Nov. 6 and will culminate on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019.

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  • Forming the Future: 'Fruits of the Spirit' in action at St. Louis de France School, Lowell

    LOWELL -- As Vina Troianello prepared for her third year as principal of St. Louis de France School, the faculty agreed that they wanted to "really look at" the school's Catholic identity. St. Louis de France School was founded in 1907 by the Sisters of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary to serve the children of French-Canadian immigrants seeking employment in Lowell's textile industries. Today, according to Troianello, about 55 percent of students at St. Louis belong to minority groups.

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  • Masses of Remembrance for infant loss

    BRAINTREE -- The Archdiocese of Boston's Pro-Life Office and Project Rachel sponsored two Masses of Remembrance and Healing for Pregnancy and Infant Loss celebrated by Father J. Bryan Hehir. The first was held on All Saints Day, Nov. 1, at Bethany Chapel in the Pastoral Center. The second took place on Nov. 6 at St. Patrick's Church in Natick.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    This week, the whole country was shocked and grieved by the violence at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, a congregation that had reached out to immigrants and was targeted by an anti-Semitic gunman. There, 11 people were murdered and six others were wounded. I think the reaction throughout the nation was one of horror and dismay.

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  • Boston vigil honors victims of synagogue shooting

    BOSTON -- Cardinal Seán O'Malley joined local civic and religious leaders at an Oct. 28 vigil on Boston Common to show solidarity with the Jewish community in the aftermath of the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue the previous day.

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  • Cardinal's statement on synagogue shooting

    Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley issued the following statement Oct. 27 in the wake of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, in which 11 people were killed and six others were wounded. Today, we stand in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters who are experiencing the bitter pain of suffering and loss inflicted on them by a senseless shooting in their holy place of worship at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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  • Lawyers Guild gathers for Annual Red Mass

    BOSTON -- Legal professionals and law students gathered at Our Lady of Good Voyage Seaport Shrine on Oct. 28 for the annual Red Mass hosted by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of the Archdiocese of Boston.

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  • $1.5M gift to Catholic Schools Foundation supports new leadership program

    The Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF) recently announced that the former president of its board of trustees, Bill Mosakowski and his wife, Jane, have committed a $1.55 million investment to support CSF's mission. This investment will provide scholarships to low-income students as well as the seed funding for CSF's new Catholic School Leadership Program. Additionally, the Mosakowskis have established an endowed fund to support leadership development in Catholic schools which will ensure sustainability of the program in the future.

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  • Clark welcomes role as new archdiocesan Director of Music

    BOSTON -- Though the title is a new one for Boston, most dioceses, particularly large ones, have a position relating to music, the new Director of Music for the Archdiocese of Boston and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Richard Clark, noted as he spoke with the Pilot Oct. 26.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley elected chairman of the Papal Foundation

    WASHINGTON, DC -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Papal Foundation during a meeting held Oct. 30. He succeeds Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who held the position for eight years. The Board also voted to approve $13 million in scholarships and grants for 127 projects worldwide.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday, I went to Malden Catholic High School to celebrate their Mass of the Holy Spirit to open the academic year. Of course, the school comes under the sponsorship of the Xaverian Brothers who have played such an important role in education in our archdiocese. Malden Catholic has started a girls' school, which has been very successful and already has a waitlist.

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  • Celebration marks 50 years of permanent diaconate

    RANDOLPH -- Several generations of permanent deacons of the Archdiocese of Boston came together for a Mass and dinner Oct. 20 for a collective birthday celebration, of sorts -- this year marks the 50th anniversary of the renewal of the permanent diaconate in the United States.

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  • Central Catholic names Marist Brother Rene Roy first president emeritus

    LAWRENCE -- Over 1,000 Central Catholic High School students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends witnessed Brother Rene D. Roy, FMS, a 1959 graduate of CCHS and former president of the school (2005-2009), being named President Emeritus during the Opening Mass at CCHS on Oct. 1. Brother Rene is the first person in Central Catholic history to be recognized with this title.

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  • Forming the Future: A rich harvest at St. John's School, North End

    NORTH END -- Karen Shea's classroom in St. John School in the North End is furnished with tables, stools, and seven vertical garden towers each containing 20 plants. Ceiling fans simulate wind. The towers' lights and pumps are set on timers. The warmth from the lights and the sound of flowing water create a calm, soothing environment, a welcome reprieve for Shea's students when the weather turns cold.

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  • Pastoral Center hosts Humanae Vitae documentary, speaker

    BRAINTREE -- The Pastoral Center hosted a screening of the new documentary "Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae" and a keynote presentation by theologian Dr. Angela Franks on Oct. 18. The film, directed by Daniel di Silva, investigates the impact of the sexual revolution on society. Writer and musician Alana Newman recorded the film's soundtrack and serves as its narrator. Throughout the film she uses the metaphor of life being a journey whose end is determined by the beginning.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    This past weekend, I was in Rome to be present as the Holy Father canonized a number of new saints, perhaps the most notable of whom were Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero. This was a very special canonization for me because Pope Paul was the first pope I ever met and I was with him on a number of occasions, particularly when he met with the Capuchins. He was so gracious to us and would have a special audience with our General Chapter. He always spoke with such affection of the friars that he was very close to when he was Archbishop of Milan.

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  • Physicians gather for annual White Mass

    NEWTON -- Medical students, doctors and their relatives gathered at Sacred Heart Church on Oct. 13 for the annual White Mass sponsored by the Guild of St. Luke, a guild of Catholic physicians in the Boston area.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday, we had our meeting of the Board of Trustees of Pope St. John the XXIII National Seminary in Weston. We were very pleased to get the reports from the various committees that work so hard there and we were happy to congratulate them on the very successful Lawn Party which was held last month.

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