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There was a standing-room-only crowd on Nov. 30th at the Grove Manor Estates assisted living facility in Braintree. People were there to celebrate a great baseball institution. Centennial Mary Pratt ...



In support of our priests in good standingKevin and Tricia Muldoon

Amid these difficult times facing our Church, we are often asked by friends and colleagues why we continually stand in support of priests. As a Catholic family living on the South Shore of Boston, we ...

Advent and the Nature of the ChurchFather Steve Grunow

The Church has begun the solemn observances of Advent, a time dedicated to heightened prayer, penance, and preparations for the celebrations of the Christmas season. Consider this time as an opportunity ...

When the child Jesus and the three kings brought ChristmasHosffman Ospino

We all remember the traditions that lit up our eyes when we were children. Christmastime is perhaps one of those moments of the year when most adults revisit the memory alleys of our childhood with joy. Speaking ...

A Day of CompassionJaymie Stuart Wolfe

Advent is a season for patience and perseverance -- a long looking forward to the happy ending we know is coming soon, but never soon enough. It's always hard to wait, even when the goal is in sight. ...

We need an educated laityAldona Lingertat

As U.S. bishops grapple with how to move forward with best practices, they have often referred to the importance of the role of the laity. They affirm that a Catholic laity well-educated in the faith ...

What Do We Do?Scott Hahn

The people in today's Gospel are "filled with expectation." They believe John the Baptist might be the Messiah they've been waiting for. Three times we hear their question: "What then should we do?" The ...

Pope Francis on the 'gay mentality' that has 'influenced the life of the ChurchFather Roger J. Landry

On December 3, The Strength of a Vocation, a book length interview with Pope Francis by Father Fernando Prado, a Spanish Claretian Missionary, was published in ten languages. Fr. Prado, a theology professor ...

Tolkien, Chesterton and the adventure of missionBishop Robert Barron

There is a common, and I'll admit somewhat understandable, interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy that sees the great work as a celebration of the virtues of the Shire, that little ...