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  • Red Sox to hold Catholic Night at Fenway Park

    BOSTON -- The Red Sox will hold their annual Catholic Night at Fenway Park on June 24. The Red Sox are to play against the Chicago White Sox that night. The game will be preceded by a social on the Sam Adams Deck. There will be a pregame ceremony honoring clergy and members of the local Catholic community before the first pitch.

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  • 'An important and substantive response'

    Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley released the following statement May 9 on Vos estis lux mundi -- Editor. Following the international summit in Rome this past February, Pope Francis pledged "concrete measures" to respond to the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Church. Vos estis lux mundi is one means of fulfilling that pledge, establishing specific mandatory protocols and reporting systems for matters concerning such abuse.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    We were very sad to learn this week of the death of Jean Vanier after a long battle with cancer. His spirituality and his service to the developmentally disabled made such an impact, not just in our Church, but throughout the world through the L'Arche movement he began. It was my privilege to have met him on a number of different occasions -- he was someone whom I admired very, very much.

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  • Talks explore dimensions of 'Feminine Genius'

    CAMBRIDGE -- About 130 people came to St. Anthony Parish on May 1 for "Feminine Genius," an evening to hear two speakers talk about a Catholic understanding of femininity and feminism. Liz Cotrupi, director of the Office of Family Life and Ecclesial Movements, which sponsored the event, said it was in honor of the 50th anniversary of "Humanae Vitae."

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  • Austin Prep students explore vocations at the Pastoral Center

    BRAINTREE -- Students from the seventh grade at Austin Preparatory School in Reading recently visited the Pastoral Center in Braintree to explore the concept of vocation: who students are being called to become and how they are being invited to share their gifts and interests in the service of the Church.

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  • Abuse lawyer releases names of accused priests, archdiocese defends policy

    BOSTON -- Attorney Mitchell Garabedian and his client Nadine Tifft held a press conference on May 7 in a conference room of the Hilton Hotel, during which Garabedian released the names of seven archdiocesan priests who he said had been credibly accused of sexually abuse of minors and yet were not listed on the Archdiocese of Boston website.

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  • Ordination Class of 2019: Deacon Corey Bassett-Tirrell

    [This is the thirteenth in a series of articles profiling each of the 13 men who will be ordained to the priesthood on May 18.] WESTON -- Deacon Corey Bassett-Tirrell got to know the Catholic Church through his work as an organist. He had grown up in a Protestant family on Cape Cod and moved to Boston in 1995. He worked in the funeral business on and off for a decade while also working as a musician.

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  • Ordination Class of 2019: Deacon Christopher Boyle

    ROME -- When Deacon Christopher Boyle was a student at Boston College High School, his friends nicknamed him "Father Boyle" because he was so active in his parish and open about his faith. He grew up in Hingham, the fourth of 13 children. His father, Artie Boyle, is the author of "Six Months to Live." In an interview with the Pilot on May 1, Deacon Boyle said that his mother made sure faith was the center of his family's lives.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday, I celebrated the funeral Mass of Father John Sassani, who most recently had been the pastor of Sacred Heart and Our Lady Help of Christian parishes in Newton. He had, of course, also worked for a long time with the Office for Spiritual Development as a spiritual director.

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  • St. John Vianney relic visits archdiocese

    BOSTON -- The relic of the incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney began its four-stop journey through the archdiocese on April 30, as part of its U.S. tour sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Brian Caulfield, a Knight of Columbus from the fraternity's supreme headquarters, is one of the five knights traveling with the relic.

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  • Cathedral High School mourns death of principal

    BOSTON -- Cathedral High School Principal Robert McGurrin died suddenly at the school after school hours on April 29. Oscar Santos, headmaster of Cathedral High School, announced McGurrin's passing in a statement on the school website.

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  • Cardinal celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday at Salem shrine

    SALEM -- The community at St. John Paul II Shrine of Divine Mercy held several consecutive events and activities on April 29 to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. These included Eucharistic Adoration, a special Mass, a reception, Stations of the Cross through the streets of Salem, and veneration of a relic of the shrine's namesake.

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  • Ordination Class of 2019: Deacon Victor Vitug

    [This is the eleventh in a series of articles profiling each of the 13 men who will be ordained to the priesthood on May 18.] CHESTNUT HILL -- When Deacon Victor Vitug was growing up in the Philippines, his mother took him to a church named for Our Lady of Lourdes every Saturday. Eventually, she told him the reason for her devotion. When she was pregnant with him, she had cancer of the uterus. No one thought that she or her child would live.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    It was such a great joy to celebrate the Easter Triduum in our newly renovated cathedral. At all the liturgies, there were great crowds, anxious to see the new look of the cathedral. Our celebrations began Holy Thursday with the Mass of the Lord's Supper. On Holy Thursday, we have a bilingual liturgy because we want all the communities to gather to express the unity of the Church.

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  • Cardinal celebrates Easter Triduum at cathedral

    With the renovations of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross complete, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley once again led services for the Easter Triduum in the upper church of the cathedral. The Triduum consists of Holy Thursday, when Christ washed the feet of his Apostles and instituted the Eucharist; Good Friday, the day of Jesus' crucifixion and death for the sins of the world; and Easter, which begins with the Easter Vigil on the night of Holy Saturday and in which the Church celebrates Christ's Resurrection from the dead.

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  • Mt. Alvernia symposium prepares students for college research

    NEWTON -- For a quarter of a century, an annual symposium has served as a rite of passage for students of Mt. Alvernia High School. "It kind of feels like a huge stepping stone. In the Mt. Alvernia culture, symposium is a very big deal. So they like exaggerating how hard it is, scaring the underclassmen. But they all feel pretty great when it's over. They're pretty proud of their work," said English teacher Rebecca Brown, who took over the symposium program in 2010.

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  • Excellence in Education Award recipients announced

    The Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office, with support from the Catholic Schools Foundation, announced the recipients of Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award April 23. Administrators, staff, pastors, parents and students were encouraged to nominate excellent teachers in their schools. The Excellence in Education Award's selection committee, composed of past recipients of the award and members of the Catholic Schools Office, read all nominations and interviewed the finalists to identify 10 exemplary educators. The committee received more than 120 nominations.

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  • Ordination Class of 2019: Deacon Przemyslaw Kasprzak

    [This is the tenth in a series of articles profiling each of the 13 men who will be ordained to the priesthood on May 18.] CHESTNUT HILL -- Deacon Przemyslaw Kasprzak's decision to discern a vocation to the priesthood came as a surprise to his family in Poland who, though Catholic, were not practicing.

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  • Parish, school initiative seeks to combat youth mental illness

    BRIGHTON -- The Kids Healthy Minds Initiative began in late 2017 as a partnership between the archdiocese and Franciscan Children's Hospital. Since its inception, the Initiative has brought about 60 presentations to parishes and schools in the archdiocese, educating communities on how to address mental illness and prevent suicide among youth.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    As I do each year for Holy Week, I am posting my blog a bit earlier than usual to leave myself free to participate in the events and liturgies of the Paschal Triduum. I want to begin this week by noting, even as we were celebrating the dedication of our newly renovated Cathedral of the Holy Cross, how saddened we were to learn about the devastating fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame of Paris -- one of the most important churches of Christendom.

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