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This Friday, March 4, we joined Catholics all over the world in observing 24 Hours of the Lord here in the archdiocese. ...We began the 24 Hours for the Lord at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross with the Stations of the Cross. That evening, I celebrated Mass to begin the 24 Hours of the Lord at St. Joseph's Parish in Lynn.
At the Mass, we also had the Ministry of Acolyte for four seminarians from our Redemptoris Mater Seminary. In Lynn, as at the Cathedral, there was a very good crowd of people.
In addition to activities at the Cathedral and in St. Joseph's, the reports I've heard from the other parishes have been overwhelmingly positive and the participation was far beyond our expectations. We are very grateful to all of the priests and those who volunteered to remain in the churches throughout the night.
Catholic Appeal Commitment Weekend
This weekend was our Catholic Appeal Commitment Weekend. The appeal provides vital support for more than 50 ministries of the archdiocese that benefit our parishes and schools. So, over the weekend I visited three parishes that have been particularly strong in their support of our Catholic Appeal. It was an opportunity for us to express our gratitude to them and to encourage them in their continued support. After each Mass there was a reception, where I had a chance to greet and speak with some of the people.