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Friday, Dec. 14
Holiday Bazaar and Brunch, Cambridge -- Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, 325 Cambridge Street, invites you to our Holiday Bazaar and Brunch. Mass will be at 9:30 a.m., followed by our holiday festivities in the church hall, 42 Sciarappa Street. The kitchen will be open from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. In addition to the brunch, there will be a bake sale with traditional Italian baked goods and cash raffles with four prizes: $500, $500, $300, and $200. Try your hand at our raffle tables and take home a 40-inch TV, gift baskets, lottery tickets, kitchen appliances, home decorations, and books.

Saturday, Dec. 15
Padre Pio Prayer Group, Brockton -- The Padre Pio Prayer Group of the Chapel of Our Savior, 475 Westgate Drive, will meet after the 12:00 p.m. Mass. In this meeting, we will continue our series of Catholic answers to commonly asked questions. Confessions are available from 11:00 a.m. to noon. For questions, please call Brother Thomas at 508-583-8357, ext. 4.

Monday, Dec. 17
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 Our Lady's Church, 573 Washington Street, at 6:30 p.m. Father John Sassani, pastor of the collaborative, will celebrate the Mass with the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Following holiday refreshments of cookies and punch, Our Lady's music director, Anne Marie David, will share music of the Christmas season. The evening is designed to bring joy, hope, and peace to those who are affected by illness. For more information, contact Pat Enright at 617-467-4482 or Lorraine Higgins at 617-244-0267.

Wednesday, Dec. 19
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.

Friday, Dec. 21
Christmas Concert and Luncheon, Jamaica Plain -- Join us at the noon Mass in the Saint Thomas Aquinas Church Chapel, 97 South Street. The Mass will be followed by a luncheon and our annual Christmas Concert -- a Tom Lawlor production -- which will take place in the Saint Thomas Church Hall. Come and enjoy the Spirit of Christmas, a fully catered lunch, and enter a raffle for a $50 door prize. All are welcome to attend.

Sunday, Dec. 23
Padre Pio Prayer Group, Newton -- The Padre Pio Prayer Group of Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, 270 Elliot Street, will meet in the lower rectory conference room after the 10:30 a.m. traditional Latin Mass. In this meeting, we will continue our series of Catholic answers to commonly asked questions. Confessions are available before and after the Mass. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m.