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  • Milford parish restores historic windows

    MILFORD -- Despite a delay due to COVID-19, this month, St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Milford was finally able to reinstall several of their historic stained-glass windows restored to their original colorful beauty.

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  • MCFL virtual gala highlights battles against abortion, assisted suicide

    BRAINTREE -- In lieu of its annual fundraising banquet, on Sept. 17, Massachusetts Citizens for Life held a virtual fundraiser that featured messages from two prominent pro-life speakers and several testimonies about the importance of the organization's work, especially its efforts to fight legislation promoting abortion and physician-assisted suicide.

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  • Local Catholic colleges deal with coronavirus as students return

    As students return to campuses this fall, colleges around the country are dealing with the potential for COVID-19 outbreaks, including Catholic colleges in the Boston area. This week, Merrimack College announced that the school was temporarily closing one of its residence halls after a number of students residing there tested positive for COVID-19.

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  • Mass. Knights of Columbus install new state officers

    Another year of Charity-Unity-Fraternity-Patriotism began in earnest for the Massachusetts State Council of the Knights of Columbus with the installation of the new state officers. The Mass with the Ceremony of Installation was celebrated by the recently appointed State Chaplain, Father Matthew Westcott, pastor of St. Mary Parish, Foxborough. Following a long-established custom, the Mass was celebrated at the home parish of the new State Deputy. Mr. Michael Lesperance and his wife Ann hail from the central Massachusetts town of Millville and so the Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine Church there.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    On Sunday, I went to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Parish in Waltham to celebrate a Mass with the parish. This was certainly the largest group I've celebrated Mass for since the start of the pandemic.

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  • Local TPS holders rally following court ruling setback

    BOSTON -- Less than 24 hours after a federal appeals court handed down a long-awaited decision regarding legal immigration status, recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and their families, friends, and allies organized a press conference on Sept. 15 outside of Boston City Hall to call for legislation that would give TPS holders a pathway to permanent residency.

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  • Former Lynn pastor found guilty of abuse

    BRAINTREE -- On Sept. 10 the archdiocese announced that Father James Gaudreau, the former pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Lynn, has been found guilty of abuse of a minor and has been sentenced to live a life of prayer and penance.

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  • Former Rochester pastor defrocked

    BRAINTREE -- On Sept. 11, the archdiocese announced that the Holy See has dismissed John P. Lyons from the clerical state. This means that he may no longer function in any capacity as a priest. Born in 1928, Lyons was ordained in February 1955. His first assignment was at Immaculate Conception Parish in Weymouth, where he served until 1964. After that, he served at Our Lady of Presentation in Brighton until 1982, followed by a year at St. Anselm Parish in Sudbury. After a leave of health, he served as associate pastor of St. Nicholas Parish in West Abington from 1984 to 1986. He served as the pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Rochester from 1986-2002.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday, I celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit to begin the academic year at our Redemptoris Mater Seminary. We also took advantage of the occasion to have the institution of lectors and acolytes. Javier Padilla was instituted as a lector, and Francis Trewin, and Diego Alejandro Pena were instituted as acolytes.

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  • Catholic school students return to the classroom

    BRAINTREE -- The first day of a new school year can be an exciting and nerve-wracking event in the best of circumstances, but even more so when implementing new protocols to prevent the spread of a virus during a pandemic.

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  • Former Lynn pastor found guilty of abuse

    BRAINTREE -- On Sept. 10 the archdiocese announced that Father James Gaudreau, the former pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Lynn, has been found guilty of abuse of a minor and has been sentenced to live a life of prayer and penance.

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  • Archdiocese's 'Project Nazareth' offers family-based faith formation

    BRAINTREE -- At a time when school and community activities have been disrupted and families are considering remote learning, the Secretariat for Evangelization and Discipleship is offering a free catechetical resource, "Project Nazareth: Faith Begins at Home," to families with children in preschool through fifth grade. This program is meant to enable parents to have a more active role in their children's faith formation, and also to give parents the opportunity to continue their own formation.

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  • Several parish mergers completed over summer

    BRAINTREE -- The merger of several parishes were completed during July and August, with several more expected in the coming months. While some had been in process for months, many were spurred by the financial pressures resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • St. Stanislaus Parish, Chelsea, suppressed

    CHELSEA -- After serving the local Polish community for 115 years, St. Stanislaus Parish has been suppressed by the archdiocese and closed its doors after a final Mass on Sunday, Aug. 30. At the end of the Mass, parishioner Jerzy Markiewicz offered a reflection and spoke about the "long and glorious history" of the parish, which was founded by Chelsea's Polish residents in 1905.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    On Sunday, I celebrated the Spanish Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. The numbers of people at Mass continue to increase, and I would say that we are getting close to our Spanish Mass attendance before the pandemic. It is very encouraging to see how many people feel confident about returning to church -- and we are so grateful to our teams of volunteers who work so hard to make that possible.

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