Local News
Home » Local
  • Boston Catholic school alumni compete in 2018 Olympics

    BRAINTREE -- At least four alumni of Archdiocese of Boston Catholic schools are vying for Gold in the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Among the 244 U.S. athletes competing in PyeongChang 2018 are: men's hockey players John McCarthy of St. John's Preparatory School, Danvers class of 2004 and Noah Welch of St. Sebastian's School, Needham, class of 2001; Bobsledder Steve Langton of St. John's Preparatory School class of 2001; and snowboarder Jonathan Cheever of Malden Catholic High School, Malden, class of 2003.

    Read more
  • Wilmington Catholic Collaborative parishes merge

    BRAINTREE -- The parishes of the Wilmington Catholic Collaborative -- St. Dorothy and St. Thomas of Villanova -- have merged to form the Parish of the Transfiguration. The merger, effective from Jan. 31, has allowed the once separate parishes to further consolidate resources. The churches of St. Dorothy and St. Thomas, which serve Catholics in Wilmington and South Tewksbury, are both still active.

    Read more
  • St. James Society honors past, continues work

    LIMA, Peru -- On Jan. 22, at the opening Mass for the 60th anniversary celebration of the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle which is based in the North End of Boston, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley found himself in a familiar situation.

    Read more
  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Meeting with bioethicist Last Thursday (2/1) I was visited by Dr. John Haas of the National Catholic Bioethics Center. John is an outstanding layman who has made such an important contribution to the field of medical ethics in the United States. His organization is giving outstanding service to dioceses, Catholic hospitals and other institutions. We are very, very grateful for all that he is doing.

    Read more
  • Holy Cross student newspaper gets name change, team name stays

    WORCESTER -- The independent student newspaper of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester has changed its name from The Crusader to The Spire. Announced by staff in a Feb. 2 editorial in the paper, the new name is "a reference to the twin spires that dot the top of Fenwick Hall, a building that has served as the heart of this campus for almost the entirety of Holy Cross' history."

    Read more
  • Mass celebrates Black History Month

    "Take a knee! Take a knee to witness the blessings of The Lord!" That was the message of Father Anthony Bozeman's homily at this year's annual Mass and celebration of Black History Month, Feb. 4, at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Dorchester.

    Read more
  • Retreats to be held this month for men interested in the priesthood

    BRAINTREE -- The Archdiocese of Boston's Vocation Office will be hosting two vocation retreats later this month for men considering a vocation to the priesthood. From Feb. 23-25, the office will hold its annual Discernment Retreat for men ages 18-35 at the Betania II Retreat Center in Medway, as well as St. John's Seminary in Brighton.

    Read more
  • St. Francis House hosts Super Bowl preview party for homeless

    BOSTON -- In the hours before the start of Super Bowl LII, Feb. 4, St. Francis House hosted a tailgate-themed party for Boston's poor and homeless in celebration of the big day. Created with support from the New England Patriots Foundation, the party included Patriots-themed balloons and decorations, and a lunch menu of chicken wings, sausages, chili, and cookies. Guests were also treated to a special video message from Robert Kraft, chairman and CEO of the New England Patriots.

    Read more
  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    On Sunday (1/28), I went to Brockton to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Good Samaritan Medical Center. Catholic healthcare has been a very important part of the Church's ministry for 2,000 years. Jesus is the Divine Physician and we read in the Gospels the stories of his mercy and care for the sick. In the history of our Church, hospitals, clinics and care for the sick and the injured have always been a major part of the Church's witness to our discipleship in Jesus. So, it was a joy to be able to celebrate half a century of Catholic healthcare in Brockton.

    Read more
  • Cardinal celebrates Masses for Catholic Schools Week

    NEWTON -- A morning Mass celebrated by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at Mount Alvernia High School in Newton, Jan. 29, helped kick-off Catholic Schools Week in the Archdiocese of Boston. Held annually since 1974, and beginning on the last Sunday in January, National Catholic Schools Week calls on dioceses across the country to celebrate Catholic education. Typically, schools will observe the celebration week with open houses, Masses, and other activities for students, families, parishioners, and community members to shine a light on the value of Catholic education.

    Read more
  • Roxbury-South End partnerships aims to provide 'seamless' K-12 Catholic education

    BRAINTREE -- A new collaborative partnership between three Catholic schools in the city of Boston seeks to make maintaining a Catholic education from pre-k to college easier and more affordable. Beginning as early as this year, the Catholic Urban Partnership (CUP) will see graduates of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar School and St. Patrick School, two Catholic primary schools in Roxbury, automatically accepted into Cathedral High School in Boston.

    Read more
  • Catholic schools are a mission for all, Cardinal O'Malley says

    BRAINTREE -- All Catholics need to identify with the mission of Catholic schools, according to Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley. Speaking with Kathy Mears, superintendent for Boston Catholic Schools, on her office's podcast, Cardinal O'Malley said that educating youth through Catholic schools is one of the Church's largest, most successful missions.

    Read more
  • Cardinal issues directives for flu season

    BRAINTREE -- In response to what is shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons in years, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley has issued several liturgical directives to parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston, urging both pastors and parishioners alike to take certain precautions during Mass.

    Read more
  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Following the March for Life last Friday (1/19), I departed for Lima, Peru to take part in the celebrations around the 60th anniversary of the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle (commonly called the St. James Society).

    Read more
  • Boston youth march as witnesses to life

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It was loud. Tens of thousands of footsteps slapped the pavement as the marchers walked, and though they walked at different paces, in different shoes, the movement created almost a rhythm. Over the beat were the voices, some chanting and some singing and others laughing and all creating a hum in the air.

    Read more
  • Youth embrace life at March for Life kick-off rally

    FRAMINGHAM ? A blue-purple glow spotlighted the dancers as they swayed side by side, their arms over each other's shoulders. They mouthed the words to the song that was being played live only feet in front of them, and through the lyrics they professed their love for God and praised his divine providence.

    Read more
  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    This past weekend (1/12), I traveled to New York City to take part in a conference sponsored by Communion and Liberation, known as the New York Encounter. This annual gathering, in many ways, reflects the annual meeting held by Communion and Liberation in Rimini, Italy called "Il Meeting" where over one million people come together for a cultural and religious experience. There were about 15,000 people gathered for this meeting in New York.

    Read more