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Many years of service, much to be grateful forSister Pat Boyle, CSJ

In many parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston, there are non-ordained religious sisters and lay men and women serving in the role of pastoral associate. Their tasks are varied and often include responsibility ...

And a Little Child Shall Lead ThemMaureen Crowley Heil

As we wrap up a very busy and productive month of promoting "Fatima", the Movie and raffling off a pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes in 2021, we were reminded of the importance of coming together as a ...

A foreigner's faithScott Hahn

Most of us are the foreigners, the non-Israelites, about whom today's First Reading prophesies. Coming to worship the God of Israel, we stand in the line of faith epitomized by the Canaanite woman in ...

Baptize great-granddaughter?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Our granddaughter was not raised Catholic. Now she has a two-month-old baby. Can I baptize the baby? (Chances are the parents will wait until she's a teen to decide. But I feel that she needs the graces ...

Walking the wavesJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Out of the frying pan and into the fire. Or more accurately, out of the boat and into the water. This Sunday's gospel is definitely one of my favorites and I'd venture to guess it's at or near the top ...

From Fatima to Waltham and back!Maureen Crowley Heil

These last few weeks have felt like "All Fatima! All the time!" for us here in the Mission Office! And what a delightful time it has been as we have drawn ever closer to the Blessed Mother by concentrating ...

Sinking fearScott Hahn

How do we find God in the storms and struggles of our lives, in the trials we encounter in trying to do His will? God commands Elijah in today's First Reading to stand on the mountain and await His passing ...

Reparation for the frightful wounds inflicted on the whole human familyFather Roger Landry

We mark this week, on August 6 and 9, the 75th anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As Americans we look with horror and rightly condemn the evil attacks against Pearl Harbor ...

Distractions in prayerFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a layman who likes to pray the Divine Office. When I am praying this (or reading other prayers), if I am distracted, should I go back and reread those sections? (Worcester, Massachusetts) A. ...

Fatima Calling us to Hope and PeaceMaureen Crowley Heil

In her July 13, 1917 apparition to three shepherd children at Fatima in Portugal, the Blessed Mother spoke of a message of prayer and hope. She told the children to "Continue to say the Rosary every day ...