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  • Cardinal celebrates St. Patrick's Day at cathedral

    SOUTH END -- Standing near the altar, a statue of St. Patrick gazed down upon hundreds of potted shamrocks, emerald green, and the many parishioners who had come to celebrate the feast day of the archdiocese's patron saint, March 17, during a noon Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

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  • Archdiocesan high school champions

    As the winter sports season comes to an end, The Pilot sends congratulations to the following schools for winning division and state titles. Basketball Archbishop Williams girls basketball won the Division 3/South Title and the Division 3 state title on March 18 and end the season at 22-4.

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  • Catholic Charities conducts immigrant rights presentations

    BRAINTREE -- In an effort to educate immigrants on their legal rights, especially in light of the Trump administration's new directives concerning undocumented immigrants, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston has been offering "Know Your Rights" presentations in locations across the archdiocese.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    ...I traveled to Washington to attend the board meeting of The Catholic University of America. That evening I gave a talk to a Catholic University vocation discernment group followed by a question and answer period.

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  • Cardinal launches 2017 Catholic Appeal

    SOMERVILLE -- In a trio of Masses celebrated across the Archdiocese of Boston, March 11 and 12, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley launched the 2017 Catholic Appeal and took its ongoing theme, "Living our Faith Together," to parishioners.

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  • Diorama brings Lent and Easter Gospels to life at Revere parish

    REVERE -- The Sermon on the Mount; the temptations of Jesus in the desert; the entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; Peter's denial of Christ; Golgotha; the empty tomb -- all of these Gospels and more come to life in a 30-foot diorama of the Gospels at Immaculate Conception Church in Revere.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    This week, I was very happy to be invited by Cardinal Joseph Tobin to address the Newark Archdiocese's Catholic Men's Conference, which was held at Seton Hall University last Saturday. Lent is always a wonderful time to hold these types of events and they had about 2,000 men in attendance. Speakers for the English track included NFL player Jeff Feagles, Catholic author and commentator Dr. Scott Sullivan; and Pepe Alonso of EWTN and my good friend Mario Paredes of the American Bible Society for the Spanish track. I gave talks in the morning to both the English and Spanish groups. I was very happy to be part of this very successful event.

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  • Boston Carmel -- solitude in the city

    Boston Carmel was founded in 1890 from the Carmel of Baltimore, one hundred years after the latter was established as the first foundation of religious women in the United States. In November 1889, Archbishop John J. Williams of Boston was in Baltimore to preside at the opening Mass of the Catholic Congress celebrating the Centennial of the Catholic Hierarchy.

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  • Boston event raises money for Bethlehem hospital

    BOSTON -- Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem (HFH), located in the West Bank, helps the "forgotten few," said Jennifer McNulty, director of the Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation. Yet, at the Second Annual Boston Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation reception, March 2, those helped by the hospital were anything but forgotten.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    This week it was announced that Marie Collins has resigned from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. This represents a great loss for our commission because Marie was a very eloquent advocate for child protection. However, I am very pleased that, despite her decision to step away from the commission, she is still very willing to work with us in the formation programs that the commission will be conducting for Church leadership, members of the Curia and bishops conferences.

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  • Priests bring ashes 'to the streets' in Boston's Seaport District

    Following the now famous call of Pope Francis, priests from the South Boston Catholic Collaborative took to the streets of Boston's Seaport District to distribute ashes on Ash Wednesday, March 1. Following the noontime Mass at the current Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel on Northern Avenue, a group of about 50 people gathered outside the new Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel, still under construction on the corner of Sleeper Street and Seaport Blvd., for the blessing and distribution of ashes.

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  • The roots of Lenten abstinence

    Ash Wednesday has passed. Seafood is on sale at supermarkets throughout the Commonwealth. Lent has officially begun. But why do Catholics abstain from eating meat during the Fridays of Lent? According to Msgr. Marc Caron, director of Liturgy at St. John's Seminary in Brighton, the practice of abstaining from meat goes back to as far as the 4th century, perhaps even further.

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  • Counter abortion with love, says 40 Days for Life prayer launch speaker

    MEDWAY -- Speaking at the prayer launch for Massachusetts' 40 Days for Life Campaign, Dr. Anthony Levatino, an OB/GYN and a former abortion provider, detailed what an abortion actually entails. A community-based campaign, 40 Days for Life calls on participants to pray, fast, and peacefully protest and hold vigils outside of abortion clinics for 40 days. While the prayer launch was held on Feb. 26, the campaign officially began on March 1 and will continue until April 9.

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  • Chelsea, Revere parishes donate closed church items to rebuild Haitian parish

    CHELSEA -- On Feb. 8, St. Joseph's Parish in L'Asile, Haiti was able to celebrate its first Mass in months after Hurricane Matthew devastated the area in October. It was a healing Mass with over 500 people in attendance, and it was a celebration that might not have been possible without the work of parishioners from Our Lady of Grace Parish in Chelsea/Everett and St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Revere.

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  • March 8-14 is National Catholic Sisters Week

    ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Now in its fourth year of observance, National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) will shine a spotlight on the lives and ministries of the nation's 47,170 Catholic sisters and all of the sisters who have come before them.

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  • Bakhita House -- Saving women from human trafficking

    One of the great benefits we have as Catholic Sisters is our interconnection with one another around the world. It was through this interconnection that women religious in the U.S. first became aware of human trafficking as they heard stories from Sisters in other parts of the globe.

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  • The Medical Missionaries of Mary

    In 1950 Mother Mary Martin came to the U.S. to open a house and to look for young women who would be willing to join a congregation of women religious who would be "attentive to the poor," "be present to the peoples of today," "see and seek God in all things," and ultimately be called to an extraordinary adventure.

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  • You are the temple of God

    On many weekends two Little Sisters of the Poor are seen at local parishes, greeting parishioners and speaking about our mission of caring for the needy elderly. Since 1870 we are privileged to serve in the greater Boston area; first in Roxbury, then in Charlestown for a very brief period, and in Somerville since 1889. The Roxbury and Somerville homes were combined into one new building in Somerville due to the increased safety requirements of the 1970s. The new home went up behind the original one on Highland Avenue and Jeanne Jugan Residence opened its doors in 1978.

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  • In Jesus, we reveal the face of love: The Daughters of St. Paul

    Ask any Daughter of St. Paul why she entered the community, and the answers will be as varied as the women you ask. At the heart of each response, however, will be an absolute dedication to evangelization, to bringing the hope of the Gospel to today's world with the fastest and most effective means possible, the means of communication.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    On Tuesday (2/21), I met with Bishop Francis Kalabat, bishop of the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle, which encompasses the eastern United States. He was here with one of his priests visiting the Chaldean community in Boston and came to greet me. We were very happy to welcome them to the Cathedral.

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  • Ash Wednesday is more than just ashes

    Walk through any school, supermarket, subway or shopping center next Wednesday and you are likely to find Catholics marked with the sign of the cross in dark ashes on their forehead. Ash Wednesday -- the beginning of the season of Lent.

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  • Lenten sacrifice can help children in the missions

    BRAINTREE -- With Ash Wednesday approaching, the Missionary Childhood Association of the Archdiocese of Boston is hoping schools, parishes, and individuals will use the organization's Mite Boxes to put their Lenten sacrifices to work helping children in the missions.

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  • Gregorian chant enriches liturgy at Waltham parish

    WALTHAM -- Decades ago, it would have been typical to hear Gregorian chant at a Catholic Mass. Today, that's usually not the case; unless, that is, it's a Mass at St. Mary Parish in Waltham. "Other than the choir school Mass at St. Paul's in Cambridge, the monthly Mass we do at St. Mary's in Waltham is the only Novus Ordo liturgy, to my knowledge, that uses Latin Propers," choir director Randolph Nichols told The Pilot Feb. 21. Propers are the portions of the Mass that change depending on the day and are spoken or sung by the choir or the people.

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  • North Region Bishop's office moved

    Effective Monday, Feb. 20, the office of North Region Bishop Mark O'Connell has relocated to St. Theresa of Lisieux Parish in North Reading. The telephone (978-531-1013) and fax number (978-531-5312) remain the same.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    The following day (2/10) we began our weekend retreats for men considering a vocation to the priesthood. There were two tracks, as it were, one for younger men who would be candidates for St. John's Seminary and another for older men who would be candidates for Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary.

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