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  • Making a holiday holy

    Michael celebrated his first Thanksgiving as a married man at the home of his wife Maria's parents. Gathered for the huge midday meal were her parents and Maria's siblings with their spouses. All the traditional foods were served and the conversation was good.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog


St. Jerome School, Weymouth Last Friday (11/3) I was very happy to go to Weymouth to celebrate a Mass to commemorate the 60th anniversary of St. Jerome School. A number of priests concelebrated with us, including Bishop John Dooher, who is the pastor of St. Jerome Parish.

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DECREE: In Nomine Domini


In October 2008, a committee, composed of a number of pastors as well as Pastoral Center staff, was formed to study the financial relationship between the Central Ministries of the Archdiocese of Boston (hereafter "Central Ministries") and the Parishes, Quasi-Parishes, and Rectorates of the Archdiocese of Boston (hereafter "Parish" or "Parishes"). This committee, first named the Improved Financial Relationship Committee ("IFRC"), was later changed to reflect the progress they had made, becoming the Improved Financial Relationship Model (hereafter "IFRM"). Their tasks and goals included: the creation of financially vibrant Parishes enabling them to carry out their missions; the improvement of financial stability of Parishes and Central Ministries; enhancement of the financial relationship between Parishes and Central Ministries; increased mutual accountability by having Parishes and Central Ministries revenues more closely tied together; increased support and communication between Parishes and Central Ministries; increased participation in the Central Ministries budget process by Pastors and lay members of the Christian faithful; and a simple, fair and equitable system where all Parishes are asked to give their proportionate fair share. IFRM did this through extensive and wide reaching consultation and over the course of four years, with the full implementation not happening until July, 2013.

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Cardinal revises parish-Central Ministries financial relationship model


BRAINTREE -- A decree issued by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley makes revisions to the way parishes support the Central Ministries of the Archdiocese of Boston. Effective Nov. 23, the decree issues changes to the taxes parishes are mandated to pay to the archdiocese, altering the system that had been in place since 2013.

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Forming the Future: Robotics Club at St. Michael School, Lowell


LOWELL -- With a tiny whir, the wheels moved, and the hand-sized robot rolled itself across the table. It stopped for a moment, then quickly rolled backward, back to the middle of the table. The movement and the design seemed to mimic a NASA space rover, but the robot wasn't on the moon, and it wasn't controlled by professional programmers. It was, instead, in the parish hall of St. Michael Church in Lowell, and was being controlled by young students of St. Michael School who seemed overjoyed to have successfully programmed their first robot in the school's new Robotics Club.

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Veterans honored at Veterans Day Mass


BOSTON -- The veterans gathered at Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine in South Boston bowed their heads as Father Richard Erikson prayed over them during the Archdiocese of Boston's annual Veterans Day Mass, held this year on Nov. 10.

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This week's edition » National News

New museum tells the story of the Bible -- chapter and verse


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Hey, Smithsonian, there's a new kid on the block. It's the Museum of the Bible, just a few blocks from the National Mall in Washington. With its opening to the public Nov. 18, it will tell visitors how the Bible -- both Old Testament and New Testament -- has intersected society and at times even transformed it.

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Making a holiday holy


Michael celebrated his first Thanksgiving as a married man at the home of his wife Maria's parents. Gathered for the huge midday meal were her parents and Maria's siblings with their spouses. All the traditional foods were served and the conversation was good.

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U.S. bishops take on immigration, racism at fall assembly


BALTIMORE (CNS) -- At the start of their annual fall assembly in Baltimore Nov. 13, U.S. Catholic bishops faced some big issues -- immigration and racism -- straight on and zeroed in on how to raise the national level of discussion on these topics starting in the church pews.

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Bishops voice support of migrants, worries over 'poisoning rhetoric'


BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The longest and most passionate discussion on the first day of the fall assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Nov. 13 focused on immigrants, on how to help them but also how to drive home the point that they, too, are our brothers and sisters and should not be demonized.

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Beatification will see 'Jesus planting his cross' in heart of Detroit


DETROIT (CNS) -- On Nov. 18, more than a few Hail Marys will be thrown around inside Ford Field. And unlike a football game, every single prayer will be answered. That day jerseys and helmets will be replaced by chasubles and miters as thousands of bishops, clergy and faithful from across the country prepare to celebrate the beatification of Capuchin Franciscan Father Solanus Casey at the home of the NFL's Detroit Lions, the largest venue Detroit could find.

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Worsening natural disasters prompt greater awareness of climate change


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Elizabeth Disco-Shearer, CEO of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul-USA's Disaster Services Corp., has become a road warrior. Since Sept. 3, Disco-Shearer has been in the field coordinating the society's response with local Vincentian councils to powerful, drenching hurricanes in Texas and Florida and ruinous wind-driven wildfires in California. Puerto Rico is next on her itinerary.

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Imitate the first Thanksgiving with local fare


If we take the lead from the first Thanksgiving, our holiday tables should feature the food and people close to us. Pilgrims came to the New World knowing little about how to fend for themselves in the new land. They fled England as religious separatists and traveled across waters for new prosperity. But half the Mayflower's hundred or so passengers died during their first New England winter, a particularly harsh one.

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The Psalms as models for gratitude


A wise person once observed that "gratitude is the aristocrat of attitudes." Gratitude not only shows consideration for the one who gave a gift or did a favor -- it also promotes mental health if we cultivate the habit of gratefulness for things great and small.

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This week's edition » International News

Priest mediates between Zimbabwe generals, Mugabe


CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) -- A Catholic priest is mediating between Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and generals who seized power. Father Fidelis Mukonori, parliamentary liaison officer for Harare Archdiocese, is trying to mediate a graceful exit for the 93-year-old president, who has led Zimbabwe for 37 years.

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Spirit of communion needed in church, world, pope tells priests


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Sincere, harmonious unity is needed in the world and in the church, Pope Francis told an international association for Catholic priests. "It's very sad when we find in a presbyterate that this unity doesn't exist," and, instead, gossip and backstabbing are the rule, he said.

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Chinese officials pay poor to swap religious images for portraits of Xi


HONG KONG (CNS) -- Officials in China's eastern Jiangxi province have replaced religious images displayed by Christian families with portraits of the country's leader, Xi Jinping. Ucanews.com reported that, on Nov. 12, pictures were uploaded to the popular social messaging service WeChat account of Huangjinbu town government, showing officials removing images of the cross and other religious subjects in Yugan County.

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Spaghetti Bowl: Fitness, camaraderie part of U.S. seminary life in Rome


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A seminary is not typically known for its emphasis on physical activity and fitness, but many seminarians see it as an integral part of daily life. Andrew Auer, Joseph Caraway and his cousin, Michael Caraway, are just a few of the seminarians at the Pontifical North American College in Rome who find value in sports and physical activity.

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Pope puts John Paul I on path to sainthood, declares him 'venerable'


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis recognized that Pope John Paul I, who served only 33 days as pope, lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way. The Vatican announced Pope Francis' decision Nov. 9. It marks the first major step on the path to sainthood for the pope who died in 1978 at the age of 65, shocking the world and a church that had just mourned the death of Blessed Paul VI.

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Pope bans cigarette sales at the Vatican


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Concerned by the damage caused by smoking, Pope Francis has banned the sale of cigarettes in Vatican City State. Starting in 2018, the Vatican "will cease to sell cigarettes to employees," Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, said in a Nov. 9 statement.

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