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Announcements & Press Releases

November 27, 2015 - Cardinal to present Cheverus Awards to 128 recipients  
November 19, 2015 - Cardinal O’Malley on Syrian immigration response to Paris attacks  
November 16, 2015 - Prayer Service for Peace

November 15, 2015 - Cardinal Seán Message Following the Paris Attacks  

November 14, 2015 - Mass for Paris victims  
November 12, 2015 - Announcement of plans for the observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017

November 3, 2015 - (Photos) Cardinal, Haverhill Mayor, City and State Officials Dedicate Affordable Housing at Winter Street Apartments
November 2, 2015 - Cardinal, Haverhill Mayor, City and State Officials Dedicate Affordable Housing at Winter Street  Apartments

October 29, 2015 - Uphams Crossing Dedication: Cardinal and Mayor Dedicate New Affordable Housing at Former St. Kevin's Parish Property
October 28, 2015 - Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley statement regarding release of Spotlight 

October 23, 2015 - Historic bells from the former Holy Trinity Church will be lifted into place at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross  
October 19, 2015 - Holy Trinity Bells moving to the Cathedral 

October 16, 2015 - CALLED TO SERVE – Twelve Men to be Ordained to the Permanent Diaconate
October 15, 2015 - Archdiocese of Boston Statement Regarding Appeals Court Decision – St. Frances X. Cabrini
October 7, 2015 - St. Benedict Elementary School South Natick's Newly Recognized Independent Catholic School 

October 6, 2015 - Cardinal O’Malley: California Legalization Of Assisted Suicide “A Great Tragedy For Human Life”
October 6, 2015 - Advisory: U.S. Bishops’ Staff in Rome for Synod of Bishops on the Family
October 3, 2015 - Mass for Public Safety Personnel and Families on Sunday, October 4th

October 2, 2015 - Respect Life Mass on Sunday, October 4th "Every Life Is Worth Saving"
  September 30, 2015 - CatholicTV to air the Holy Mass for the Opening of the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops and Extended Notre Dame Sunday Mass on October 4  
September 30, 2015 - Mount Alvernia Academy Named Blue Ribbon School
September 25, 2015 - Cardinal Seán Speaks at the World Meeting of Families, Text of Remarks and Photos 
September 24, 2015 - Apostolic Journey of His Holiness Pope Francis to Cuba
September 24, 2015 - Cardinal Seán Prepares to deliver Keynote at the World Meeting of Families, The Pilot Interview on Cuba and Papal Pictures 
September 23, 2015 - Papal Pictures of the Day: Papal Mass at Catholic University of America 
September 20, 2015 - Video Message: Cardinal Seán from Cuba following Papal Mass 
September 18, 2015 - Marr Scholarships Awarded for Catholic School Students for 2015/16 
September 18, 2015 - Pope Francis sends video message to Cuba on eve of his departure; Pope addresses Vatican Observatory symposium
September 17, 2015 - Cardinal Seán O’Malley Remarks Celebration of the Priesthood Dinner 2015  
September 17, 2015 - Cardinal Seán Boston Globe Op Ed: Pope Francis comes with a message of peace, acceptance 
September 16, 2015 - Archdiocese of Boston Honors its Priests at Seventh Annual Dinner
September 16, 2015 - CatholicTV Press Release:  Papal Visit and World Meeting of Family Coverage from CatholicTV
September 14, 2015 - Cardinal O’Malley In 2015 Respect Life Month Message: ‘Every Life Is Worth Living’ 
September 9, 2015 - 13 Students from Schools in the Archdiocese of Boston Named As National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists 
September 8, 2015 - Motu proprio: the Pope reforms the procedures for declaration of marriage nullity
September 3, 2015 - Holy Mass of Thanksgiving for the 450th Anniversary of America’s First Church 
September 2, 2015 - Statement of Cardinal Seán O'Malley, OFM, Cap 
August 3, 2015: Cardinal O’Malley Urges Support for Senate Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood
July 29, 2015 - Cardinal O’Malley: Planned Parenthood’s Work Reflects ‘Throwaway Culture’ Decried by Pope Francis 

July 28, 2015 - Cardinal O’Malley Presents 2015 People of Life Awards  

July 2, 2015 - CatholicTV Coverage of Pope Francis Trip to South America  

July 2, 2015 - Cardinal Approves Phase One Parish Collaborative Pastoral Plans

June 30, 2015 - Vatican Releases Schedule of Pope Francis’ Visit to the United States; Archbishop Kurtz Voices ‘Joy and Gratitude’ of U.S. Catholics

June 26, 2015 - Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley's Statement on Supreme Court Decision   

June 20, 2015 - Mass of Remembrance, Monday, June 22

June 19, 2015 - NBCC Statement on Charleston Shooting

 June 18, 2015 - Statement of Cardinal Sean O’Malley on “Laudato Si” 

June 18, 2015 - Cardinal's Statement on Tragic Events in Charleston   

May 22, 2015 - Ordinations, Pentecost and Confirmations at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross   

May 14, 2015 - Archdiocese Statement on Norfolk Superior Court Ruling Regarding St. Frances X. Cabrini in Scituate 
 May 5, 2015 - Jubilee of Mercy Press Conference
April 28, 2015 - Nepal Earthquake Special Collection | May 2-3 or May 9-10  

 April 27, 2015 - Statement of the Archdiocese on the passing of Fr. McLellan
 April 23, 2015 - Cardinal Sean: There can be no more denial (100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide)
 April 21, 2015 - Cardinal Sean O'Malley: Abortion Activists Stalling Human Trafficking Bill
April 18, 2015 - Telegram of Pope Francis on the Death of Cardinal Francis Eugene George, OMI 

April 17, 2015 - Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley Statement on passing of Cardinal Francis George  

April 7, 2015 - Very Rev. Bryan K. Parrish Named Interim Episcopal Vicar and Secretary for Parish Life and Leadership 
April 7, 2015 - A Statement of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts on the Death Penalty 
April 6, 2015 - Cardinal and Local Leaders Kick Off 2015 Celebration of the Priesthood Dinner  

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     


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.

Marriage Preparation

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Marriage Preparation Are you married now? Or just thinking about it? Either way, you're on a remarkable journey. You can turn what began as a romantic attraction into something bigger, something truly enduring. And you can turn all your wonderful feelings into a lifetime of intentional acts of loving.

MAM Program

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Master of Arts in Ministry Program

The Master of Arts in Ministry Program has the purpose of assisting the local Churches in the formation of the laity for "the mission of the whole Christian people in the Church and in the world" (Lumen Gentium, 31).  Most MAM graduates go on to serve as Religious Education Directors, Pastoral Associates, Coordinators of Catholic Pastoral Services and in many other critical roles within the Church.



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Pastoral Center Information

Pastoral Center Information

Snow Phone Line – (617) 746-5991; Telephone: 617-254-0100, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184-3839
Office/Staff Directory
Bethany Chapel
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Pastoral Center Gift Shop 

It is the goal of the Pastoral Center to remain open during inclement weather unless travel conditions make it hazardous to get to work. In the event the offices are closed or there is a delay in opening, an announcement will be sent out via the IRIS system. In addition, notice will be recorded on the Snow Phone Line – NEW! (617) 746‐5991 – no later than 6:00 am.
Last updated: 1/5/11