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  • Parish 'Mercy Sews' donations arrive in Africa

    BRAINTREE -- After sewing 270 dresses last year, the Mercy Sews ministry of the Holy Mothers Collaborative in Hanover and Norwell packed them up and shipped them to Africa on a cargo ship. After spending months traveling on the open waters and then weeks moving through the African continent, this month the dresses finally reached their intended recipients -- children in the Central African Republic.

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  • Regis students use break to serve communities near and far

    WESTON -- Students at Regis have been busy during the winter break -- not skiing or snowboarding -- but doing community service. In the spirit of Regis' mission to serve the dear neighbor, students used their time off to help others. One group flew to Los Angeles to see first-hand the reality of poverty and homelessness by working with Homeboy Industries, a non-profit that gives ex-gang members a chance to become honest, active members of society. Another team of students traveled to New Orleans to rebuild homes affected by Hurricane Katrina, working with the St. Bernard Parish Housing Project.

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  • Holy hours give those at home opportunity to witness to life

    BRAINTREE -- While not everyone may be able to travel to Washington D.C. for the Jan. 27 March for Life, special holy hours being held next week will give all those in the Archdiocese of Boston a chance to pray in solidarity with pro-life pilgrims and witness to the Gospel of Life.

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  • Schedule for 2017 Holy Hours for Life

    The 9th annual Holy Hour for Life will be held in parishes and collaboratives across the Archdiocese of Boston throughout the week of Jan. 22, praying in solidarity with thousands of pilgrims going to Washington, D.C. for the 2017 March for Life.

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  • Catholic Schools Office launches new podcast

    BRAINTREE -- While the Archdiocese of Boston's Catholic Schools Office has long taken advantage of diverse methods of communication to reach the local community, since December 2016 it has added yet another tool to its kit -- a podcast.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    I want to begin this week noting the passing of Father Michael Scanlan, TOR. He was an outstanding churchman who, in the 1970s, was named president of what was then the College of Steubenville. He truly re-founded the university and gave them an incredible impetus to train committed disciples in the Church.

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  • Events mark Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

    BRAINTREE --The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has existed for a century and is present worldwide, but it will be dramatically different this year in Greater Boston. From Jan. 18 to Jan. 25, UniteBoston will be coordinating a series of ecumenical events around the Greater Boston Area, all of which Catholics are invited to attend.

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  • Historic sacramental records going online

    BOSTON -- Those searching for church records of their ancestors may soon find that task much easier, as the Archdiocese of Boston and the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) have partnered to make a vast amount of historic sacramental records available online.

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  • Xaverian achieves $20M capital campaign goal

    WESTWOOD -- "Called to Lead: The Campaign for Xaverian," the largest fundraising effort in the history of Xaverian Brothers High School, has been hugely successful, already reaching its initial $20 million goal.

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  • Boston area religious hold prayer vigil for Human Trafficking Awareness Day

    BRIGHTON -- In 2007 the U.S. Senate designated Jan. 11 as a National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness in an effort to raise consciousness about this global, national and local issue. For the ninth consecutive year, local Catholic sisters representing congregations in the greater Boston area gathered with over 100 sisters, associates, and friends on Jan. 8, the Sunday closest to Jan. 11, to mark this national day and pray for an end to human trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery.

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  • Electoral College electors to speak at Spellman Museum

    Are you still confused about how the Electoral College works? Do you think we should keep it or ditch it? Want to meet actual electors? Two residents of Weston, Nazda Alam and Joseph Mullin, who have been electors to the Electoral College, will speak at the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History on the Regis College campus in Weston on Jan. 19 at 7:30 pm. The program is free and open to the public.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    At this time I wish to extend our prayers and support to all who were impacted by the shooting at Ft. Lauderdale airport this afternoon; those who lost their lives, those wounded and injured, and their families and loved ones. We also pray for those who witnessed this traumatic event. As always, we are grateful for the bravery of the civil authorities who are the first responders and work every day to protect and defend us.

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  • Cardinal ushers in the New Year with Mass, prayer vigil

    BACK BAY -- It was through prayer, not partying, that Tristan and Yesenia Macdonald chose to usher in 2017. The young couple, alongside hundreds of others, saw the close of 2016 at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine in Boston's Back Bay, the site of the Archdiocese of Boston's annual New Year's Eve Prayer Vigil.

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  • Ecumenical event to mark Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

    BRAINTREE -- Greater Boston faith leaders will come together for a special gathering later this month to mark the international Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This collaborative event will be held on Jan. 21 at Holy Name Church in West Roxbury and will bring together hundreds of Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical and Protestant Christians. Marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the program celebrates the progress towards Christian unity and fosters dialogue around Christian approaches to the issues of our day including race, diversity, interchurch families and the global persecution of Christians.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley, Coptic bishop discuss unity

    BOSTON -- Meeting privately for the first time in an official capacity, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley and the bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of New York and New England, Bishop David, discussed the building of a relationship between the two Churches, Jan. 3.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    ...On Friday (12/23), I went to have lunch with the residents of Regina Cleri, our retirement home for priests in Boston. In addition to visiting with the men there, I also wanted to check in to see how Bishop Frank Irwin was doing after his recent operation. As always, the sisters did a wonderful job decorating Regina Cleri for the Christmas season. It was wonderful to be able to visit with our senior priests at Regina Cleri.

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