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BeingCatholic
'Go and make disciples of all nations'. ... Jesus is calling you to be a disciple with a mission!
-Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis, Waterfront of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, XXVIII World Youth Day, Sunday, 28 July 2013
 
 
 
 

Archdiocese of Boston

 
 

66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184-3839
Telephone: 617-254-0100
Snow Phone Line – (617) 746-5991

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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 –  (617) 746‐5991 – no later than 5:45 a.m.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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160 Concord Road
Sudbury, MA 01776-2353
978-443-2647
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We are the Church

On November 21, 1964, Catholic bishops from all over the world ratified, “The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church.”  This was one of the first documents approved at the Second Vatican Council.  This document returned to the early Christian understanding of the Body of Christ and proclaimed that the Church is the People of God. 

“Henceforward the Church, equipped with the gifts of its founder and faithfully observing his precepts of charity, humility and self-denial, receives the mission of proclaiming and establishing among all peoples the kingdom of Christ and of God, and is, on earth, the seed and the beginning of the kingdom (Para 5).” “The apostolate of the laity is a sharing in the Church’s saving mission.  Through Baptism and Confirmation the Lord himself appoints all to this apostolate.  Moreover, by the sacraments, and especially by the sacred Eucharist, that love of God and humanity which is the soul of the entire apostolate is communicated and nourished.  The laity, however, are given this special vocation: to make the church present and fruitful in those places and circumstances where it is only through them that it can become the salt of the earth.  Thus, all lay people, through the gifts which they have received, are at once the witnesses and the living instruments of the mission of the church itself ‘according to the measure of Christ’s gift (Eph 4:7).’”  (Para 33)