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Friday, April 17
Nooners Luncheon, Jamaica Plain -- Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish, 97 South Street, is hosting its nooners lunch in Father Thomas Hall, following noon Mass in the chapel.

Sunday, April 19
Peace Vigil, Milton -- Saint Agatha Parish, Adams Street, will hold a pre-marathon peace vigil today, the eve of the Boston Marathon, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The program will consist of music, poetry and appropriate scriptural readings. Saint Agatha Church's pastor, Father Peter Casey, will also bless any attendees who plan to run the marathon. The event is open to the public.

Sunday, April 19
Benefit Dance, Quincy -- Irish Hearts for Orphans benefit dance will take place at the Marriott Boston Quincy from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Suggested Donation is $20. Honoring: Retired Chief Bob Faherty, Cops for Kids with Cancer, Sister Marguerite Kelly, Irish Pastoral Center and Dan McAuliffe. Got to www.irishheartsfororphans.com or call 617-206-4943 for more info.

Sunday, April 19
Vocation Fair, Bellingham -- There will be a vocation fair held at Saint Brendan Church, 384 Hartford Avenue, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A variety of different male and female religious orders will be represented. Please contact Sister Ann Marie at 508-966-2362 or maryqueenofapostles@verizon.net with questions or for more information.

Monday, April 20
Monthly 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 will celebrate the Mass and the anointing of the sick. Following refreshments, Gretchen van Dyck Daggett will speak on ''The Gifts of Mindfulness." 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 Gretchen at gvdaggett@comcast.net or 781-642-7678, or the parish offices.

Wednesday, April 22
Healing Service, Holliston -- The Fatima Shrine, 101 Summer Street, is hosting a healing service at 7:00 p.m., sponsored by the Vision of Peace Prayer group, which meets at the Shrine each Wednesday. Deacon John A. Sullivan will share his miraculous healing at the intercession of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman and his role in Cardinal Newman's beatification. The evening will end with healing prayer with a relic of Cardinal Newman. The Fatima Shrine is a handicapped accessible facility. A free will offering will be taken. Call Mary and Ron at 508-655-1463 for additional information.

Thursday, April 23
Arts Celebration, Chestnut Hill -- Boston College's 17th annual Arts Festival, a spring event that showcases and celebrates campus arts and highlights the achievements of accomplished alumni arts professionals, faculty, students and other BC community members, will be held today through April 25. There will again be activities for children and families, on Saturday, April 25 from noon to 5:00 p.m., including arts and crafts, story hour, sidewalk chalk and an instrument petting zoo. A children's play, "The Princess Bride," will be performed by students in BC Theatre Department faculty member Luke Jorgensen's class. Events begin daily at noon on BC's Chestnut Hill Campus at 140 Commonwealth Ave. Venues are handicapped accessible. Afternoons feature art exhibitions, demonstrations, dance, theater and literary events; students' pottery and crafts are available for purchase. Each evening there are featured events and exhibits. The event center is the Plaza at O'Neill Library, with events held in other Middle Campus locations. The performance tent is heated and the festival will be held rain or shine. Rain locations will be posted on the festival web site: www.bc.edu/artsfestival.

Thursday, April 23
Stamp Exhibit, Weston -- The Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History on the Regis College campus is holding its annual Earth Day celebration from noon to 4:00. In addition to providing colorful stamps to decorate used items, children can learn how to make envelopes from old wrapping paper and maps and then use them to send Earth Day greetings to friends with the museum providing free postage. Refreshments will be served and tips about how to start a stamp collection will be available. Admission for adults is $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 5-16. No reservations are necessary. For more information call 617-784-5838 or check www.spellman.org.

Friday, April 24
Hour of Mercy, North Easton -- All are welcome to join us for an hour of mercy, prayer for families, every Friday from 3:00-4:00 p.m. as we gather for adoration, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Litany of Saint Joseph and benediction, in the Chapel of the Father Peyton Center, 518 Washington Street. Confession is also available. For additional information please call Holy Cross Family Ministries at 508-238-4095, ext. 2027.

Sunday, April 26
Evaluation, Weston -- The Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History on the Regis College campus is hosting free evaluations of old comic books, classic toys and games, collection cards and other pop culture items from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Admission for adults is $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 5-16. For more information call 617-784-5838 or www.spellman.org.

Sunday, April 26
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 following the 10:30 a.m. Traditional Latin Mass. This afternoon, along with discussing Padre Pio, we will also have a discussion about Our Lady of Good Counsel as today is her feast day. Meeting open to all. Confessions are heard before and after the 10:30 a.m. Mass.

Monday, April 27
Presentation, Boston -- Paulist Center, 5 Park Street, is hosting "The Church of Mercy: The Life and Thought of Pope Francis" a multi-media presentation with Father Frank Desiderio, CSP, First Consultor of the Paulist Fathers, at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served and a free will offering is greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, April 28
Healing Service, North Reading -- Saint Theresa Parish, 63 Winter Street, is hosting an Evening of Healing and Intercessory Prayer at 6:00 p.m. in your calendar. Frank Kelly will be here to offer a teaching and opportunity for personal prayer and Father Thomas Reilly will celebrate the Mass.