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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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  • CRS parish ambassadors welcome new members

    Catholic Relief Services Parish Ambassadors in the Archdiocese of Boston met at Boston College on Feb. 11 to welcome new members and to train and plan for 2017. A volunteer role, CRS ambassadors work within their parishes, schools, or communities to promote global solidarity with those in poverty through educating their communities about the work of CRS and how it relates to Catholic Social Teaching.

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  • Young Lynnfield parishioners help 'A Bed for Every Child'

    Lynnfield -- At St. Maria Goretti Church's 10 a.m. Mass on Feb. 12, the congregation presented a check for $5,785.81 to Sister Linda Bessom of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. Throughout the liturgical season of Advent, the two parishes that comprise the Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative -- St. Maria Goretti and Our Lady of the Assumption -- introduced a children's offertory, to give their youngest parishioners the opportunity to feel the joy of stewardship and giving. These donations were earmarked for "A Bed for Every Child," an initiative of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless that provides beds for needy children. To date, the program has distributed more than 4,000 beds to children in need in Massachusetts.

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  • Brother Raymond Hoyt to be honored at Xaverian Brothers gala

    At the Xaverian Brothers High School annual Gala to be held March 18, assistant principal Brother Raymond Hoyt, CFX will receive the Xaverian Medal, the highest honor the school can bestow. Brother Raymond is a 1970 graduate of Xaverian and a veteran teacher and administrator.

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  • Former Boston priest faces more sex abuse charges

    Augusta, Maine, Feb 8, 2017 CNA.- A former priest previously convicted of sex abuse of an altar boy was indicted on 29 counts of sexual misconduct involving two other boys during his time as a priest based in the Archdiocese of Boston.

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  • Cardinal hosts meeting of local Muslims leaders, officials

    SOUTH END -- Representatives from the Archdiocese of Boston gathered with Muslim leaders and public officials Feb. 2 for an impromptu meeting to convey support and solidarity, especially in light of the recent executive order that restricted immigration into the country.

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  • Mass and lecture celebrate Black History Month

    DORCHESTER -- For Augustine Onochie, it wasn't just Father A. Gerard Jordan's homily or the music from the Archdiocese of Boston Black Catholic Choir that made the Feb. 5 Mass at St. Katharine Drexel Parish special. It was also the coming together of different communities.

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  • Swiss Guard exhibit on display at Faneuil Hall

    BOSTON -- A new photographic exhibition, which was unveiled at the Vatican Museums and is now on an international, tour is on display at Faneuil Hall in Boston through March 25. Brought to Boston by the non-profit Patron of the Arts in the Vatican Museums' New England chapter, "Life of a Swiss Guard," reveals the most photographed military corps in the world in a new light, away from the uniforms and flags. The exhibit was prominently displayed in the Vatican Museums Cortile delle Corazze in Rome this past spring, and came to Faneuil Hall Feb. 4 following a stop in California.

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  • Statues vandalized at Brockton church

    BROCKTON -- Brockton police are investigating the vandalism of four statues outside of St. Edith Stein Church in Brockton after the statues were discovered covered in paint on the morning of Feb. 7.

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  • Forming the Future: IC School Newburyport partners with local tech firm

    NEWBURYPORT -- In most circumstances, listening to music during class would lead to a stern reprimand -- but not for 8th graders at Immaculate Conception School in Newburyport. Ever since December, these students have begun building their own wireless Bluetooth speakers, thanks to a partnership with Rochester Electronics, an international semiconductor manufacturer headquartered in Newburyport.

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  • Boston Catholic groups reaffirm commitment to refugees

    BOSTON -- Catholic organizations are reiterating their commitments to aid refugees and immigrants following President Trump's recent executive order that bans them from traveling to the U.S. Signed Jan. 27, the order bans all refugees from resettling in the United States for four months, and all Syrian refugees from resettling indefinitely. It also blocks immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from traveling into the country for three months.

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  • Local students 'Witness to Life' at March

    WASHINGTON -- "It's not a vacation, it's a pilgrimage!" That was the message the hundreds of youth and young adults who traveled with the Archdiocese of Boston to the 2017 March for Life were told again and again travelling by bus to Washington, D.C.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley issues letter of support to immigrant communities

    Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley issued the following letter to all parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston, Feb. 1. The cardinal has requested that the letter, which has been translated into many of the languages spoken in the archdiocese, be read in its entirety at all ethnic community Masses, and mentioned or summarized at English-language Masses, during the weekend of Feb. 5.

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  • Catholic Charities refugee work affected by travel ban

    BOSTON -- Refugees that were to be resettled this month by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese Boston will not be arriving following President Trump's Jan. 27 executive order that bans refugees and immigrants from some majority Muslim countries from travelling to the U.S.

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  • Cardinal encourages pro-life pilgrims at D.C. Mass

    WASHINGTON -- During a Mass at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Washington, DC, just hours before the start of the 2017 March for Life, Jan. 27, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley offered messages of encouragement to Boston pro-life pilgrims.

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  • Local students March for Life

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Throughout the world, "there are so many different people believing all these different things. So, it's really cool to see so many people in one place who all believe in the same thing," said Arianna Alberti during the 2017 March for Life in Washington, D.C.

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  • CSF honored by Celtics during Catholic Schools Week

    BOSTON -- The Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF) launched Catholic Schools Week by treating 75 Catholic high schoolers and their chaperones to a Celtics game on Jan. 27. For three students: Luis Heredia, senior at Cristo Rey High School, Grace Mecha, senior at Fontbonne Academy, and Christian Dardompre, senior at Marian High School, the experience was made more memorable as they had the opportunity to sit courtside and watch the team warm up before the game. They also walked onto the court before the game.

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  • New Seaport Chapel nearing completion

    SOUTH BOSTON -- The major structural components are finished, the bell has been installed, and the rest of the interior is currently being worked on -- if all goes to plan, the new Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel will open after Easter.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Sunday (1/22), I went to the Frates home in Beverly to visit Pete Frates and to bestow the Cheverus Award medal to his grandfather Jack Frates, a dedicated life-long parishioner at St. John the Evangelist Parish who was unable to be at our celebration at the cathedral last December.

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  • Pro-lifers rally in Boston on Roe anniversary

    BOSTON -- When protesters interrupted the 2017 Assembly for Life with signs, chants, and shouts, organizers didn't shout back. Instead, they held up their rosaries and calmly began praying, encouraging attendees to do the same.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday (1/13) I attended the annual New York Encounter hosted by Communion and Liberation. The annual gathering is modeled after an event in Rimini, Italy, also sponsored by Communion and Liberation, called "Il Meeting," which it is the largest annual cultural event in Italy.

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