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  • Cardinal reinstates Mass obligation beginning June 19-20

    BRAINTREE -- Fifteen months after dispensing Catholics in the Archdiocese of Boston from the obligation to attend Mass because of the pandemic, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley is reinstating this core responsibility of the Catholic faithful, effective the weekend of June 19-20. This means that, with exceptions for those who are sick, homebound, or particularly vulnerable, Catholics must participate in the Mass on Sundays and holy days.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    You may recall that last week I was in Ohio for the funeral of the father of one of our Capuchin brothers, Brother Tommy Pilotta. On my way back to Boston, I stopped in New York to attend a small gathering of friends to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the priesthood of Brooklyn Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros.

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  • Cardinal O’Malley’s letter on reinstating Sunday Mass obligation

    Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley issued the following letter June 9 on his decision to reinstate the Sunday Mass obligation for most parishioners on Father’s Day weekend, June 19-20. The local dioceses of Fall River, Springfield, Manchester, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine will also join Boston in reinstating the Sunday obligation on that weekend.

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  • South Boston prayer garden honors work of religious sisters

    SOUTH BOSTON -- Religious sisters have served generations of South Boston residents in a variety of ways -- from caring for the poor to providing childcare, education, or healthcare. To honor their legacy and create a place of tranquility in an impoverished urban neighborhood, St. Monica Parish dedicated part of its grounds, the new Sisters Garden of Peace and Prayer, to the religious sisters of South Boston in a ceremony on May 22.

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  • Parishioners adjust to Mass without masks or distancing

    NORTH READING -- After a year of wearing masks, social distancing, and following a long list of other protocols, many parishes are beginning to look a little more like they did before the coronavirus pandemic. Starting with Masses of the weekend of May 29-30, at the discretion of pastors, masks could be taken off and parishioners could sit close to each other and sing once again.

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  • Cardinal calls to action in support of the 'Hyde Amendment'

    Below is a letter sent by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley to all pastors in the Archdiocese of Boston regarding the "Hyde Amendment" May 28. Dear Monsignor/Father: Allow me to ask for your assistance with a matter of the highest priority concerning the protection of unborn children. As Pope Francis has shared with us, every child is "a gift that changes the history of a family ... and this child needs to be welcomed, loved and cared for".

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  • Cardinal names new head of archdiocesan Review Board

    The Archdiocese of Boston announced May 21 that retired Rear Adm. Daniel E. O'Toole of Plymouth has been appointed as chair of the Archdiocese of Boston Review Board. The current chair, Brother James Peterson, JD, JCD, will continue to serve as a member on the Review Board.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Thursday, I was happy to participate in Catholic Charities' annual Spring Celebration. Unlike other years, when we were able to gather at the John F. Kennedy Library, the Spring Celebration was held online this year and was very much focused on Catholic Charities' robust response to the crisis of food insecurity in our community.

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  • Official

    Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., has announced the first priestly assignments of the priests ordained at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 22, 2021. Ordained for the Archdiocese of Boston

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  • Cardinal ordains eight new priests

    BOSTON -- When Father Robert LeBlanc, Jr. first came to St. John's Seminary, he felt "so much peace and joy" about his vocation. "That peace and joy is just one hundredfold today," he said on May 22 after being ordained a priest during a Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

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  • Following state, archdiocese lifts most pandemic restrictions

    BRAINTREE -- In light of the state's lifting of most pandemic-related restrictions on May 29, the archdiocese's Pandemic Response Team has released new guidelines for Masses and other areas of parish ministry, including the end of masking and social distancing for vaccinated people.

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  • Continuing the missionary reach of St. John Seminary

    With the May 22 ordination of eight priests at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the clergy of the archdiocese added six new priests to its rolls. There were also two priests ordained by Cardinal O'Malley in that ceremony who both are sons of the Diocese of Kumbakonam in India. The Indian diocese is located in the southeastern area of the subcontinent in the state of Tamil Nadu.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Saturday morning, we were happy to celebrate the First Communions for our children from the Cathedral Parish. Msgr. O'Leary, of course, joined me for the celebration. It is always a delight to see the youngsters proclaim the readings and petitions, and we are so grateful to the catechists who prepared these children during the pandemic.

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  • North End church hosts vaccine clinic

    NORTH END -- The people lining up outside the hall attached to St. Leonard of Port Maurice Church on May 13 were not waiting to attend Mass or parish function. The sign outside the door revealed their purpose: this was a place where they could receive their coronavirus vaccine.

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  • Vocations Office launches online discernment series

    BRAINTREE -- There are plenty of ways to learn about different vocations. People interested in the priesthood or religious life, or even the general idea of what it means to have a calling from God, can learn from any number of books, witness talks, and other resources. But "Scivias," a new video series written and produced by Father Michael Zimmerman, aims to provide something unique.

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  • Parishes to hold special collection for pandemic response in India, Brazil

    BRAINTREE -- Given the "immense suffering and loss of life" in India and Brazil, caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the archdiocese is asking parishes to take up an "Emergency COVID special collection" to support Church relief efforts in those two countries. The archdiocese has suggested holding the collection during Masses of May 29-30 or June 5-6.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    On Sunday, I was happy to join Ascension Parish in Sudbury for their Mother's Day morning Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church. The readings of the day centered on love, so it was a beautiful theme for Mother's Day.

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  • Archdiocese to ease COVID restrictions

    The Archdiocese of Boston issued new guidelines for parishes May 20, following Gov. Charlie Baker's announcement that all pandemic restrictions in Massachusetts will be lifted as of May 29. Following is the text of the guidelines as released by the archdiocese:

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