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Sunday, Dec. 11
Prayer Workshop, West Roxbury -- Saint John Chrysostom Parish, 4750 Washington Street, is hosting a workshop by Tim Muldoon at 10:30 a.m. called "Praying Together as a Family." Tim Muldoon is a best-selling author, award winning editor and professor at Boston College. For information call the parish office at 617-323-4410.

Monday, Dec. 12
Spiritual Exercises, Lowell -- San Damiano House of Prayer, 333 Pawtucket Street, is hosting a retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius starting tonight and continuing on Monday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m. for 12 weeks. Suggested donation is $10. Registration required. Please contact Sister Linda Greenwood at 978-441-0988 or email to lgosf@netzero.net. For more information, visit www.sandamiano-houseofprayer.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 13
Meet the Bishop, North Reading -- Newly ordained Bishop Mark O'Connell, pastor of Saint Theresa Church will be conducting a specially designed meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13, here at Saint Theresa Parish, 63 Winter Street, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is designed for non-Catholics, fallen away Catholics, confused Catholics, and those who would just like to be a part of the conversation. The meeting will be a simple format of questions and answers. Please feel free to invite your friends and family members who might want the opportunity to meet and ask questions about our Church in an open, non-judgmental format.

Tuesday, Dec. 13
Prayer Meeting, Medway -- Betania II Spiritual Retreat and Conference Center, 154 Summer Street, invites all to gather at 8:45 a.m. to pray for priests and religious. We begin with adoration, confession and prayer until Benediction at 10:45 a.m. followed by Mass at 11:00 a.m. Lunch at noon. Bring your own or sign up on arrival to purchase. Drinks provided. Call 508-533-5377 for more info.

Thursday, Dec. 15
Christmas Party, Haverhill -- The Knights of Columbus Council 202 is hosting its annual Christmas party from 5:00-10:00 p.m. at Maria's Family Restaurant, 81 Essex Street. Bring a $10 gift for a Yankee Swap. Please e-mail Deacon Tom with RSVP, razorsedge1970@aol.com, by Dec. 10. Live entertainment starting at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 16
Christmas Cantata, Topsfield -- Saint Rose of Lima Parish, a member of The Christ Initiative, will present its annual Christmas Cantata at Saint Rose Church, 12 Park Street, at 7:00 p.m. Please join us for an evening of music celebrating the birth of ChriSaint A free-will offering will be collected. Light refreshment will follow.

Friday, Dec. 16
Nooners Luncheon, Jamaica Plain -- Saint Thomas Aquinas Church, 97 South Street, is hosting the nooners luncheon with a Christmas concert. following noon Mass. Proceeds will benefit Saint Vincent de Paul Society.

Friday, Dec. 16
Family Prayer, Easton -- Join us every Friday throughout Advent and give yourself the gift of prayer, silence and inspiring music. Talented and gifted musicians will provide both classical and contemporary music for the service of prayer, benediction, chaplet of divine praises in the chapel of the Father Peyton Center, 518 Washington Street, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. For additional information call Holy Cross Family Ministries at 508-239-4095.

Friday, Dec. 16
Advent Speaker, Weston -- Saint Julia Parish, 374 Boston Post Road, is hosting an event with international Catholic speaker Meg Hunter-Kilmer called "Walking Toward Bethlehem with Mary" from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Join Meg for a dynamic, family-friendly evening where we explore the true meaning of Advent through the eyes of Mary. For additional information contact Mrs. Christina Valenzuela, OP at cvalenzuela@stjulia.org or 781-899-0739.

Saturday, Dec. 17
Lessons and Carols, Arlington -- The Arlington-Belmont parish of Saint Camillus invites you to its third annual Lessons and Carols at 2:00 p.m. Refreshments following in the lower church hall, handicapped accessible by lift. Please bring along families and friends for an enjoyable afternoon.

Saturday, Dec. 17
Recovery Prayer Meeting, Marshfield -- We will be meeting today at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Ann by the Sea Parish. We will pray the Rosary followed by a speaker and refreshments. Come pray with us to end addiction. We meet the first Saturday of the month at Holy Ghost Parish in Whitman at 11:00 a.m. and at Saint Ann by the Sea in Marshfield on the third Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m. Both are in the side chapels. Got to www.Rosary4Recovery.com for more info.