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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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  • 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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  • Campaign for Catholic Schools celebrates 10 years of rebuilding

    BOSTON -- When the Campaign for Catholic Schools (CCS) was established in 2007, its goal of Catholic school transformation seemed like a dream. Today it is a reality. Ten years and $90 million later, CCS has established two regional academies from 10 former parish schools, St. John Paul II Catholic Academy (SJPIICA) in Dorchester/Mattapan, Trinity Catholic Academy (TCA) in Brockton, as well as assisted with the creation of South Boston Catholic Academy (SBCA).

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  • Social Justice Convocation discusses themes of refugees and immigrants

    BOSTON -- People traded business cards and stories as they browsed the dozens of exhibitor tables set up in Boston College High School, Nov. 4. They talked amongst themselves, until a voice announced that the speaking program was starting, and then they quickly and quietly took their seats, eager to hear the keynote speakers at the Archdiocese of Boston's 9th annual Social Justice Convocation.

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  • Immigrants share their stories at Social Justice Convocation panel

    BOSTON -- Geovany is working on his associate's degree in computer science. He hopes, at some point, to work for Google, Apple or one of the other large American tech companies. He's nervous, though, he told attendees of the 9th annual Social Justice Convocation, Nov. 4, because he has no legal status in the United States, and the future of DACA, the program that allows him to legally remain in the country, is uncertain.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday (10/27), I went to celebrate a Mass at Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted in Waltham to bless the many new improvements to the church building and the parish school, Our Lady's Academy.

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  • Msgr. George Carlson named regional vicar of the South Region

    Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, OFM Cap. has named Msgr. George F. Carlson as regional vicar of the South Region of the Archdiocese of Boston. This appointment frees up auxiliary Bishop John Dooher to devote more time to his responsibilities as auxiliary bishop and as pastor of two Weymouth parishes: Immaculate Conception and St. Jerome.

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  • Archdiocese hosts addiction recovery workshop

    BRAINTREE -- Father Joe White struck a match, and lit a candle. The small flame danced as he put the candle down at the front of the room. As he lit it, he said to the dozens of pastoral staff and clergy gathered at the Pastoral Center for an addiction recovery workshop, Oct. 25, as a way to pray for "those who are suffering."

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  • Archdiocese revises policy on signature drives

    BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley has amended a recently enacted policy that banned legislative signature drives from being held on Church property, largely reversing the decision for the Archdiocese of Boston.

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  • Cardinal, Mass. Housing Secretary dedicate Haverhill affordable housing

    HAVERHILL -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, Secretary Jay Ash of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and Haverill Mayor James Fiorentini were joined by Lisa Alberghini, President of the Planning Office for Urban Affairs of the Archdiocese (POUA), and Ronald Trombley, Managing Director of the Greater Haverhill Foundation for the dedication of Harbor Place, a new mixed-income, mixed-use development in downtown Haverhill dedicated Oct. 30.

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  • Forming the Future: Blessed Sacrament School, Walpole

    WALPOLE -- While Blessed Sacrament School in Walpole offers schooling for grades pre-k to eight, the school community is close, and relationships among the grades are being built and bolstered every day. According to Principal Jim Spillman, that's largely thanks to a fairly new program in the school -- the St. Francis House System.

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  • Senior priest finds mission in creating art

    FRAMINGHAM -- With the curtains of its large windows open, the studio was bright. Light shined down on the dozens of paintings and sketches hanging on the walls and sitting on easels, casting shadows that almost seemed to be art in themselves. Father Albert Stankard sat at a small table in the center of the studio, looking at all the artwork he had created over the decades.

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  • Priest helps student's explore the 'science of miracles'

    WEYMOUTH -- Dominican Father Nic Austriaco -- a scientist, a professor of biology and theology -- spoke to a rapt crowd of middle school students, teachers, and parishioners Oct. 26 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Weymouth. As a scientist obtaining his PhD at MIT, Father Austriaco encountered many skeptics of religion and Christianity. He said, "For most people today, if you are a scientist, you can't be a believer. Especially a Catholic believer. What I'd like to introduce to you today is that the Catholic faith is a reasonable one."

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  • Deacons celebrate convocation, Rite of Candidacy

    MILTON -- Deacon Patrick Guerrini welcomed over 200 deacons and their wives to the annual Diaconate Convocation at St. Elizabeth Parish Center in Milton Oct. 29. The day included the celebration of Mass and Rite of Candidacy with Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley. The men elevated to candidacy are Jared Auclair of St. Matthias, Marlborough; Ronald Dowding of St. Mary's, Holliston; Anthony Foti of St. Patrick's, Stoneham; Paul Key of St. Thomas Aquinas, Bridgewater; Donald Larose of Holy Family, Duxbury; Stephen May of Most Precious Blood, Hyde Park; Colm McGarry of St. Linus/St. Patrick's, Natick; John Minch of St. Michael's, Lowell; and Peter Richardson of All Saints, Haverhill.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    From there I went to the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Bethany Apartments at The Cardinal Cushing Centers in Hanover (10/23). This new development by our Planning Office for Urban Affairs will provide more than 35 residences for low- and middle-income people in the area.

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  • Little Sisters look forward to end of mandate, refocusing on mission

    BRIGHTON -- Speaking with The Pilot after the annual Order of Malta Boston area Mass and Dinner, keynote speaker Sister Constance Veit, LSP, reflected on her experiences as her order's legal battle against Obamacare mandated contraception and sterilization coverage appears to be coming to a close.

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  • Cardinal, Lt. Governor break ground on Hanover affordable housing

    Hanover -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley was joined by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Lisa Alberghini, President of the Planning Office for Urban Affairs of the Archdiocese, MassHousing Executive Director Tim Sullivan and Dori Conlon of Bank of America, for the Oct. 23 Groundbreaking of Bethany Apartments, the conversion of a former dormitory building at the Cardinal Cushing Centers in Hanover into 37-units of housing.

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  • Pro-life speaker witnesses to the blessing of having a child with disabilities

    BRIGHTON -- If fear sows irrationality and anger, then it is trusting in God, trusting in his love and returning that love, brings peace and joy. That's a belief Chad Judice, a husband and father of three, lives by, and one that he delivered during a talk he gave at St. John's Seminary's Our Lady of the Presentation Lecture Hall in Brighton, Oct. 22.

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  • Altar servers honored for service

    WALTHAM -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley honored altar servers in the Archdiocese of Boston at a special appreciation Mass at St. Mary Church in Waltham on Oct. 21. Servers and their families from over 30 parishes filled the pews to celebrate with the cardinal, who blessed the servers and gave them each a certificate of thanks.

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  • New Salem shrine is a place of Divine Mercy

    SALEM -- Salem has long been associated with witches and the occult, but a new shrine in the city aims to connect people to a different kind of supernatural power -- Divine Mercy. St. John Paul II Shrine of Divine Mercy sits at the center of Salem, close to the Peabody Essex Museum and on a route of one of the town's many "haunted" tours. The new shrine is housed in what was formerly St. John the Baptist Church. On Aug. 1, St. John the Baptist Parish, a Polish national parish, was suppressed as part of a plan that also saw the merging of two other Salem parishes, St. James and Immaculate Conception, and St. John Paul II Shrine of Divine Mercy was born in St. John's place.

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