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  • Massachusetts bishops urge Congress to act on DACA

    In a strongly worded statement, the bishops of the four dioceses of Massachusetts voiced support for young immigrants affected by the recent rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and urged Congress to act to protect them.

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  • Bishops' statement on DACA

    [Editor's Note: The four Roman Catholic bishops of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have drafted a statement urging Congress to protect the DACA program that was recently terminated by President Trump. DACA is an immigration policy established by the Obama administration that allows some individuals who entered the country illegally as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit, that was recently terminated by President Trump.]

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  • Mass and candlelight vigil honor Sept. 11 victims

    Gold Star families, veterans, members of the community, and parishioners of Our Lady of Good Voyage gathered at the newly erected shrine on the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks for a Mass of Remembrance and candlelight vigil.

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  • Conference celebrates 50 years of Charismatic Renewal

    MEDWAY -- Maryanne Mandolese loved God all her life, she said, and over the years that love grew and grew and it gave her strength. Where once she was insecure and afraid, God, and her love for Him, gave her confidence and gave her purpose.

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  • Prison ministry brings Middlesex inmate to baptism

    BILLERICA -- Derek Elledge didn't know if he had been baptized as a child, but to him, that didn't really matter. What he did know was that now, as a middle-aged adult, he heard the Holy Spirit calling him, and it was calling him to enter the Catholic faith.

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  • Conference on liturgical formation to be held in W. Peabody parish

    WEST PEABODY -- Dom Alcuin Reid, one of the foremost scholars of the history and ceremonies of the Roman Liturgy, will visit Massachusetts next week to share his expertise with local Catholics. A native of Australia now stationed at a monastery in southern France, Dom Alcuin is the featured speaker at the upcoming Culmen et Fons Conference on Liturgical Formation, to be held at St. Adelaide's Church in West Peabody from Sept. 18 to 22.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Saturday (9/2) I had the joy of ordaining 12 Jesuit deacons at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill. The new deacons come from various Jesuits provinces, including three that are from Nigeria. The evening before, I joined the scholastics for dinner and Vespers at the Peter Faber House, the Jesuit community at Boston College. We are very blessed to have so many young Jesuits here who come to Boston to study at Boston College for many of their provinces throughout the world. During their time here, all of them were assigned work in various parishes of the archdiocese. Many of them are from countries that have a large immigrant population in Boston, so it's particularly helpful for us to have them present, helping out in our parishes.

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  • Special hurricane relief collection expanded

    BRAINTREE -- A special collection scheduled for this weekend to support the relief efforts related to Hurricane Harvey has now been expanded to also benefit areas affected by Hurricane Irma, as well as other natural disasters that may affect the U.S. this year.

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  • Fathers Chen and Marques incardinated as priests of Boston

    The presbyterate of the archdiocese gained two new members on Sept. 6 when Father John Chen and Father Jose Marques were incardinated into the archdiocese and so became "Boston priests." The incardination was celebrated at a Mass at the Pastoral Center celebrated by Bishop Peter Uglietto Sept. 6.

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  • Deacon candidates make Sacred Profession

    Seven candidates for ordination to the permanent diaconate and their wives participated in the Ceremony of Sacred Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity on Aug. 29 at the Bethany Chapel at the archdiocese's Pastoral Center in Braintree. This ceremony is the final step for these seven deacon candidates before they receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Sept. 30 at St. Edith Stein Parish in Brockton.

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  • Deacon Spadoni named Covenant Health VP of Mission Integration

    TEWKSBURY -- Deacon Reynold G. Spadoni has been named vice president of Mission Integration for Covenant Health. In this leadership position, he will be responsible for integrating Covenant's mission and values into all aspects of the system and work. Deacon Spadoni is charged with the responsibility of developing and implementing meaningful mission integration strategies, initiatives and formation programs across the Covenant system and will provide guidance for leadership and staff on a wide variety of mission, pastoral and ethical issues.

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  • The CatholicTV Network to air 2017 Telethon Sept. 15-16

    WATERTOWN -- On Sept. 15-16 the CatholicTV Network will hold its 26th Telethon, featuring music, entertainment, highlights from CatholicTV programs, and special guests. Each year, CatholicTV holds the Telethon as its most important fundraiser to support its ministry of providing programming that inspires and educates Catholics in the U.S. and around the world.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Hurricane Harvey I want to express my concern and offer my prayers for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. In addition, I have authorized a special collection at all Masses next weekend, September 9-10, to aid in the relief efforts.

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  • Pete Frates honored by St. John's Prep

    DANVERS -- Pete Frates was honored at St. John's Prep in Danvers, his alma mater, during a ceremony that celebrated him with two accompanying first-ever school accolades and saw him named the school's 2018 Distinguished Alumnus.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    An important visit to Pittsburgh This past weekend (8/19-20), I went to Pittsburgh to be present as three of our Capuchin seminarians made their solemn vows of profession -- Brothers Keon Tu, Diogo Escudero and Saul Soriano. They were professed in St. Augustine Church, the very church where I made my profession so many years ago. It was also the church where I was ordained a priest.

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  • Ground broken for park honoring Marathon bombing victim

    SOUTH END -- The youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing was honored during an Aug. 16 ground breaking ceremony for a park that will be built in his memory. The family of 8-year-old Martin Richard joined Mayor Martin Walsh, Gov. Charlie Baker and a crowd of supporters at a touching ceremony at the park site on the South Boston waterfront.

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  • Boston parishioners meet in preparation for National Encuentro

    BRAINTREE -- While the V National Encuentro is still a little over a year away, parishes across the Archdiocese of Boston are busily holding their own Encuentros. A U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops initiative, the Encuentro (Spanish for "Encounter") is a two-year process designed to encourage evangelization, leadership development, and consultation in Hispanic communities across the U.S. Parish, diocesan, and regional Encuentros are held before culminating in a National Encuentro.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Of course, since the famous Colleen McCullough novel The Thorn Birds, published in 1977, people have, in literature and real life, spoken about priests who have broken their vow of celibacy and fathered children. I believe that this is a serious problem, but in my experience as a priest and as a bishop, the instance of when a priest has fathered a child has not been very frequent. But the priests have themselves seen the need to step away from ministry and dedicate themselves to the upbringing of that child and taking care of the mother.

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  • Regan named new BC High president

    BOSTON -- The Board of Trustees of Boston College High School announced Aug. 24 that they have elected Grace Cotter Regan as their new President. Regan comes from Saint Mary's High School in Lynn, where she used her skills to grow and develop the urban Catholic school.

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