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Announcements & Press Releases

March 31, 2015 - Chrism Mass - Cardinal's Homily and Photos
March 30, 2015 - Father Colonel Paul K. Hurley Confirmed by U.S. Senate to be Major General, Army Chief of Chaplains   

March 29, 2015 - Cardinal Celebrates Palm Sunday Mass with Seminarians 

March 27, 2015 - Holy Week 2015, Cardinal, CatholicTV and Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Archdiocese of Boston 
March 26, 2015 - CatholicTV Premieres New Series in April  

March 16, 2015 - Cardinal Seán O’Malley Message for St. Patrick's Day
 March 14, 2014 - Mark Tran, 6th Grader, Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy, Columbia Campus, Dorchester, MA 

March 11, 2015 - Join CatholicTV for St. Patrick’s Week 
March 11, 2015 - Cardinal and the Parishes of the Archdiocese of Boston Launch 2015 Catholic Appeal 

 March 10, 2015 - Bishops Call for Prayer Amidst ‘Stark Reality’ of Religious Persecution, Violence
March 6, 2015 - 2015 Catholic Appeal to Launch in parishes March 7 and 8 
March 6, 2015 - Cardinal O'Malley's Remarks on the Unexpected Death of Cardinal Edward Egan, the Former Archbishop of New York
March 6, 2015 - Palm Sunday Concert/Meditation - March 29, 2015, St. Mary Church, Charlestown
March 5, 2015 - Rev. Robert Reed Appointed to Cardinal's Cabinet  
March 3, 2015 - The Light is on For You   
March 3, 2015 - The Archdiocese of Boston Black Catholic Choir 4th Annual Gospel Music Workshop featuring Thomas Wade Jefferson  

March 2, 2015 - Cardinal Celebrates Mass with Life Teen community at St Mary in Hanover; 2015 Catholic Appeal Announced 

February 27, 2015 - Cardinal to Announce Catholic Appeal 2015 
February 27, 2015 - CatholicTV Premiere of Weekly Spanish Mass from Chapel of the Holy Cross 
27 febrero 2015 - Estreno de la Misa Dominical Semanal en CatholicTV 
 February 20, 2015 - Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop Lori Urge Support For The Health Care Conscience Rights Act  

February 18, 2015 - Cardinal on Ash Wednesday 
February 18, 2015 - 2015 Rite of Election - Canceled 
February 10, 2015 - The Pastoral Center is closed today, February 10, 2015.
February 9, 2015 - Due to the long duration storm, the Pastoral Center will be closed today, February 9th. Further updates will occur late Monday if needed. Thank you.  

February 8, 2015 - Winter Storm Watch
Febraury 8, 2015 - Archdiocese of Boston Places Rev. Thomas M. Gillespie on Administrative Leave of Absence
February 2, 2015 - Due to unpredictable snow totals and driving conditions for our staff, the Pastoral Center will be closed today.  
January 30, 2015 - Mass to celebrate Black History Month on Sunday, February 1
January 28, 2015 - The Pastoral Center will be closed, today, January 28, 2015.
January 27, 2015 - Cardinal O’Malley and Archbishop Wenski Welcome Supreme Court Decision To Review Protocols for Use of Lethal Injection
January 26, 2015 - The Pastoral Center will be closed January 27, 2015 in anticipation of the blizzard. 
January 23, 2015 - Cardinal O’Malley Welcomes House Passage of ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ 

 January 22, 2015 - Following is Cardinal Seán 's Homily for the Opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life last evening 
January 21, 2015 - Cardinal O’Malley Urges Congress to Support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
January 20, 2015 - More than 850 Pilgrims To Depart Boston for March for Life; Video narrated by the Cardinal released 
January 18, 2015 - Media Advisory for Prayer Breakfast in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King  

January 14, 2015 - Immaculate Conception Parish

 December 24, 2014 - Cardinal's Christmas and New Year's Schedule

 December 24, 2014 - A Christmas Message from Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap.

December 23, 2014 - CatholicTV's 72 Hours of Christmas Schedule

December 22, 2014 - Cardinal Sean Statement on Appointment of Most Reverend Christopher Christopher Coyne as Bishop-Elect of Burlington, Vermont

December 19, 2014 - Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy Lower Mills Campus Gets Ready for Renovations

December 5, 2014 - Statement of Cardinal Seán O'Malley  

December 5, 2014 - Advent Events in the Archdiocese of Boston 

December 2, 2014 - Mass Celebrating People with Disabilities and Their Families

November 25, 2014 - Winter Storm Warning in Effect

November 24, 2014 - Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Placed on the College Board’s AP District Honor Roll

November 22, 2014 - Cardinal Seán Statement on Immigration
November 18, 2014 - Massachusetts Religious Leaders Joint Statement on Brutal Attacks at a Jerusalem Synagogue

November 18, 2014 - Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop Lori Urge Congress To Include Abortion Non-Discrimination Act in Funding Legislation 

November 17, 2014 - Cardinal to Present 2014 Cheverus Awards

November 11, 2014 - Veterans Day 2014: The Role of Military Chaplains
November 4, 2014 - Honoring Our Veterans
October 30, 2014 - Statement of Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley on the Passing of Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino
October 30, 2014 - 21st Annual Bishop James Augustine Healy Award Dinner

October 28, 2014 - Media Guidance for the Wake and Funeral for Jean Carlos Marrero and Kelvin Medina.

October 18, 2014 - Cardinal Sean O'Malley statement on the passing of Bishop Shaw

October 17, 2014 - Mass of Thanksgiving for the Beatification of Pope Paul VI (Sunday) 

October 16, 2014 - A Statement of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts on Earned Sick Time (Question 4)   


October 14, 2014 - Masses of Remembrance for Pre-Born Children in November 


October 9, 2014 - Statement of Cardinal Seán on the passing of the Most Reverend John P. Boles, D.D. 

October 7, 2014 - The Boys of St. Paul's Choir School Release Christmas in Harvard Square 

September 26, 2014 - The CatholicTV Network Annual Telethon

September 25, 2014 - ‘Faustina’ Live Drama Brings a Modern Message of Mercy to Audiences Across the Nation
September 25, 2014 - Office for Black Catholic Ministries: Feed Your Faith 

September 22, 2014 - Boston's Largest Catholic Dinner to have Record Attendance
September 19, 2014 - Public Safety Mass to be Celebrated Sunday, September 21 

September 19, 2014 - MARR Scholarships Awarded for 2014-15 

September 18, 2014 - Thirteen Men to be Ordained to the Permanent Diaconate

 September 16, 2014 - Cardinal O'Malley: Government Report Confirms Bishops’ Concern on Abortion Coverage 


September 15, 2014 - A Statement of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts on Expanded Gambling and Question 3 
September 3, 2014 - Parishes of the Archdiocese to take up a special collection this weekend (Sept 13 & 14) for humanitarian relief and pastoral support for our affected brothers and sisters in the Middle East   

 August 11, 2014 - Mass of solidarity with the Iraqi Community of Boston in praying for peace and an end to the persecution of Christians  

August 2, 2014 - Cardinal Letter to The Friends of St Frances Xavier Cabrini 
August 1, 2014 - Cardinal Statement on Newly Enacted “Buffer Zone” Law in Massachusetts  
August 1, 2014 - USCCB Chairmen Strongly Endorse the Inclusion Act 
July 30, 2014 - Cardinal O’Malley Presents 2014 People of Life Awards to Exemplary Pro-Life Leaders
July 25, 2014 - Cardinal Appoints Kathleen Power Mears Superintendent of Catholic Schools  
July 21, 2014 - Nigerian Catholic Community of Boston 25th Anniversary Celebration - July 26, 2014     



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Disciples in Mission

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Archdiocese of Boston

The mission of the Archdiocese is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Pastoral Planning is the process we use to make preparations to carry out that work. Pastoral Planning is a critical tool in helping us understand our task today and work together to manage the resources available to meet the needs of the people of God. Needed at all times, it is particularly important as we cope with demographic and other major changes.

This website,, will provide you with the tips and tools you need to start or reinvigorate planning and pastoral decision-making in your parish. It will also provide insight into the steps needed for collaboration and cooperation with other parishes. It is designed to be used by parish staffs and councils, as well as other Archdiocesan offices and institutions.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley has called us to develop a “culture of planning” in the Archdiocese, so that we can become more effective evangelizers of God’s Good News.

The Archdiocese of Boston continues to evolve. We are a Church on the move, faithful and resilient. We look forward to God’s gracious future.

Please join us in the effort of pastoral planning.

Message from the Cardinal

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Publication With Respect to Archdiocesan Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Child Click here to view the Archdiocese of Boston’s Publication With Respect to Its Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Child.