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  • Holy Hours for Life to be held in parishes around Roe anniversary

    BRAINTREE -- Thousands of people will march in Washington, D.C. during this year's March for Life, Jan. 19, praying in support of the rights of unborn babies. For those who are unable to attend the march, special holy hours will be held throughout the Archdiocese of Boston, Jan. 22, offering parishioners a chance to pray in solidarity with pro-life pilgrims and witness to the Gospel of Life.

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  • Ecumenical dinner to mark Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

    BRAINTREE -- A large-scale public "Fellowship Dinner" will serve as the anchoring event in this year's celebrations to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity around the Greater Boston area, which will see Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical and Protestant Christians coming together in unity.

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  • Two score and two years ago

    About two months ago your scribe received a note attached to his regular weekly column from Clark Booth. The note explained that Clark felt that age was creeping up on him and he felt that he could no longer write a weekly column.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    As we mark the beginning of 2018, I want to take this opportunity to mark the passing of three extraordinary individuals in recent days. After a long illness, God called Father Vincent Von Euw home on Christmas Eve. ...Father Von Euw was certainly a very beloved priest of the archdiocese who served for many years with the St. James Society in Peru and as pastor at St. Peter's and then St. Ambrose in Dorchester.

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  • Restorations expected to draw new, returning visitors to historic North End church

    NORTH END -- It was standing room only when Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley came to re-open St. Leonard's Church in Boston's North End with a Mass of Dedication, Dec. 17. The 144 year old historic church had been closed for a full year while a complete restoration project, whose total costs exceeded $5 million, was in progress. St. Leonard's Church, as well as the Franciscans who have staffed the parish for over 100 years, is an essential part of the North End.

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  • Cardinal celebrates Mass to welcome New Year

    BOSTON -- It was 11:59 p.m. on New Year's Eve, and although there were hundreds of people inside St. Clement's Eucharistic Shrine in Boston, all was relatively quiet. A minute passed, and while elsewhere people cheered, kissed and blew horns, still the church was quiet, with only the soft prayers of priests audible as those gathered prepared to receive the Eucharist.

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  • Catholic Charities Teen Center distributes Christmas gifts

    DORCHESTER -- On Christmas Eve, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley and Herb Chambers, owner and CEO of The Herb Chambers Companies, joined Catholic Charities of Boston and members of the Menino family in helping to distribute 4,000 Christmas gifts to nearly 400 children and families at Catholic Charities' Teen Center at St. Peter in Dorchester during the center's annual Christmas Gift event.

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  • Roxbury parish youth take first place in robotics competition

    DORCHESTER -- Students at the after school Sister Mary Hart Program sponsored by St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Roxbury took first place in an annual citywide LEGO Robotics competition. Held last month at Northeastern University's Curry Student Center, the competition was sponsored by the Timothy Smith Network and Roxbury Robotics, a group affiliated with Northeastern that provides after school robotics programs to youth in the Roxbury community.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Each year, close to Christmas, I visit some of the prisons. Last Thursday (12/21) I visited MCI Framingham, a women's prison, where Sister Maureen Clark, CSJ, has been the chaplain for many years. She does such wonderful work there. I also greeted several seminarians from St. John's who are working with her as part of their formation program. During the visit we confirmed and gave the Eucharist to one woman. At the Mass we celebrated, there was a group of volunteers who helped with the music. After the Mass we had an encounter with the women at the pre-release center. We sang some Christmas carols, gave them a little reflection on Christmas and had a dialogue.

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  • Advent outreach at Seaport shrine

    Illuminated by car headlights and shop windows, Dec. 18, people walked along the streets of Boston's Seaport District, bundled up and moving briskly to escape the cold. The sun had just set, and the city was alive with commuters making their way home.

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  • Forming the Future: Promoting physical wellness at St. Raphael School, Medford

    MEDFORD -- St. Raphael School in Medford not only puts a focus on its students' spiritual health, but on their physical health and wellness, as well. Recently, the pre-k through 8th grade school participated in the Boston Bruins' free BFit School Assembly Program, which saw representatives from the Bruins organization visit the school for a high-energy rally that educated students on easy ways to exercise at home and eat healthier foods.

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  • Cardinal to celebrate New Year's Eve Mass

    BOSTON -- Music, adoration, prayer, and a midnight Mass to be celebrated by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley will usher in the New Year at St. Clement's Eucharistic Shrine in Boston. An annual tradition in the Archdiocese of Boston, the New Year's Eve prayer vigil will begin at 10:00 p.m. with a period of music and adoration. Recitation of the rosary will start at 10:50 p.m., and will go on until 11:15 p.m., when the Mass with Cardinal O'Malley will begin. A reception will be held until 1:00 a.m. following the Mass.

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