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Sunday, Aug. 25
Padre Pio Prayer Group, Newton -- The Padre Pio Prayer Group of Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, 270 Elliot Street, will hold its regularly scheduled meeting in the lower rectory conference room, following the 10:30 a.m. Latin Mass. Confessions will be available before and after the Mass and the meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 26
Monthly Mass for the Sick, Newton -- The next monthly Mass for the Sick, sponsored by the Mass for the Sick ministry of Sacred Heart/Our Lady Help of Christians Collaborative, will be at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady's Church, 573 Washington Street. Father Kevin Staley-Joyce, our new parochial vicar, will celebrate the Mass and anointing of the sick. After refreshments, we will have our Annual Ice Cream Social. The evening is designed to bring joy, hope, and peace to those who are affected by illness, including family and friends. The Mass and program will both be held downstairs. For questions or more information, please contact Pat Enright at 617-467-4482 or penright298@gmail.com, or Lorraine Higgins at 617-244-0267 or higlor1@msn.com.

Tuesday, Aug. 27
Mass and Healing Service, Hanover -- The Holy Mothers Collaborative will hold a Mass and Healing Service at 7:15 p.m. at Saint Mary of the Sacred Heart Church, 392 Hanover Street, with Father Michael McNamara as celebrant. The Mass will be followed by individual prayers and the laying on of hands. For more information, call Barbara at 781-826-4955.

Wednesday, Aug. 28
Novena to Saint Jude, Waltham -- Saint Jude Parish, 147 Main Street, invites the faithful to its weekly novena to Saint Jude, the patron saint of difficult cases. The novena, celebrated every Wednesday, takes place after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. All are welcome. For more information, visit our website at www.saintjudewaltham.org.

Sunday, Sept. 1
One-Hour Spiritual Retreat, Boston -- Our One-Hour Spiritual Retreat will take place at Saint Anthony Shrine, 100 Arch Street, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The retreat is for all grieving parents whose children of any age have died by any cause, no matter how long ago. Join other grieving parents to focus on your spiritual journey and find some peace and comfort. For more information, call Diane of Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents at 617-542-8057.

Thursday, Sept. 5
Serious Illness Care Presentation, Duxbury -- Are you concerned about your aging parents? Have you or has someone you know been diagnosed with a serious illness? Come hear a presentation and join in a discussion about palliative care, a way for people to live better with a serious illness that offers support for loved ones as well. Palliative care is often confused with hospice care and they are not the same thing. Join us at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Family Parish, 601 Tremont Street. This event is presented by the Archdiocese of Boston -- Initiative for Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning. For more information, call 781-934-5055.

Saturday, Sept. 7
Padre Pio Prayer Group, Peabody -- The Padre Pio Prayer Group of the Carmelite Chapel of the Northshore Mall (located inside the mall), 210 Andover Street, will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Please take the elevator adjacent to the main entrance, next to Joe's Bar and Grill, to the chapel and the chapel gift shop. The meeting will begin after the 12:00 noon Mass. Confessions are heard from 11:00 to 11:55 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 7
Saint John's Fall Bazaar, Townsend -- All are invited to Saint John's Fall Bazaar to enjoy family fun, food, and festivities on the Townsend Common from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be live music and entertainment, including local artists, crafters, farmers market, grandma's attic treasures, and games. An outdoor Mass will follow at 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.townsendcatholic.org.