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Sunday, Jan. 22
Respect Life Mass, Arlington -- There will be a special respect life Mass celebrated at Saint Agnes Church, 51 Medford Street, at 10:30 a.m. Please join us at the Mass as we pray for a greater respect for all human life from conception until natural death. A reception will follow the Mass in the Arlington Catholic High School Msgr. Linnehan Library adjacent to Saint Agnes Church.

Sunday, Jan. 22
Interfaith Assembly for Life, Boston -- Massachusetts Citizens for Life marks the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision with its annual witness to life at Faneuil Hall from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Speakers include Cardinal O'Malley, Rev. Nicholas Granitsus, Sister Olga Yaqob, with emcee Cindy Dorsey of WNEB radio. Music by Patricia and Eric Anthony. Admission is free.

Sunday, Jan. 22
Ecumenical Service, Brockton -- An ecumenical ser vice will be held at the Chapel of Our Savior, 475 Westgate Drive, at 3:00 p.m. The Rev. Gregory Davidson, Lutheran Chaplain for Good Shepherd Hospital will speak on the theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, "Reconciliation." Rev. Davidson will be joined by pastors from local churches. Light refreshments will be provided after the service. The Friars of the Atonement invite all to attend this significant prayer service.

Monday, Jan. 23
Mass for the Sick, Newton -- The next monthly Mass for the sick, sponsored by the faith-based cancer support group of Sacred Heart and Our Lady Help of Christians Church, will be at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady's Church, 573 Washington Street. Father Leroy Owens, former priest at Our Lady's, will celebrate the Mass and anointing of the sick. Following refreshments, Jim Allaire will speak from 25 years' experience about Dorothy Day and the Catholic Workers' Movement. The evening is designed to bring joy, hope, and peace to those who are affected by illness, including family and friends. For questions or more information, please contact Pat Enright at 617-467-4482 or pme1130@aol.com.

Tuesday, Jan. 24
Prayer Service for Christian Unity, Boston -- The Paulist Center Chapel, 5 Park Street, is hosting a prayer service for Christian unity to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation at 7:00 p.m., with Father Thomas Ryan, CSP, in collaboration with University Lutheran Church of Cambridge.

Wednesday, Jan. 25
Prayer Group, Boston -- The Paulist Center Charismatic prayer group meets on Wednesday Nights, usually twice a month, in the Holy Spirit Chapel, 5 Park Street, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. We share time in worship, song and praise together, and discuss various scripture passages and topics that have powerfully moved us. All are welcome to join us for a joyous time of worship. If you have any questions, please contact Nora Bolcon at 617-573-1664.

Saturday, Jan. 28
Grieving Parents Retreat, Plymouth -- Emmaus Ministry for grieving parents is sponsoring a spiritual retreat for all grieving parents whose children of any age have died by any cause, no matter how long ago at Saint Peter Parish. In partnership with the Archdiocese of Boston. Pre-registration required. For more information, go to www.emfgp.org or call Diane at 617-542-8057.

Tuesday, Jan. 31
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. Come and experience the healing powers of Jesus. For info, call Barbara at 781-826-4955.