Pastoral Themes

Offertory Collection Controls - Responsible Stewardship

The Archdiocese of Boston is moving forward with an initiative that soon will become standard practice for offertory collections. Advocated by Cardinal Seán O’Malley, the initiative has been piloted at approximately 50 parishes to date with a planned rollout over the course of FY16. The goal is simple—to create alignment across parishes so that all employ the same checks and balances in securing offertory.

Pope Francis’ Papal Visit

Pope Francis’ Papal Visit

Pope Francis will be visiting the United States of America for the first time since he was elected Pope in 2013.   He will publicly be celebrating Mass in Philadelphia the weekend after the World Meeting of Families.    

2015 Catholic Appeal


“You have a specific and important mission, that of keeping alive the relationship between the faith and the cultures of the peoples to whom you belong. . . . [W]e have to follow Christ along the concrete path of our daily lives so that he can transform us.”         
 -Pope Francis

World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia


2015 World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia

Preparation for the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family


The ongoing work of the Synod is intended to be a rethinking with renewed freshness and enthusiasm of what revelation, transmitted in the Church's faith, tells us about the beauty, the role and the dignity of the family.  This period of reflection and response prior to the upcoming Ordinary Synod is, as Pope Francis has noted, a path of "spiritual and pastoral discernment."

Catholic Schools Week

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States; it starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week. This year Catholic Schools Week is January 25-31. The theme for this year is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Schools observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation. Celebrate Catholic Schools Week on social media, such as Twitter, with #CSW15 and #RCABSchools. Additionally, follow @CSOBoston on Twitter and Instagram for photos and videos on Why We Love Catholic Schools!

Revitalizing Catholic Education


Our Catholic schools provide both academic excellence and Catholic values, giving our young people the tools to excel and the moral compass to guide how they use those tools. Making sure future generations continue to benefit from a Catholic education is a critical priority. Through the 2010 Initiative, we are drawing upon the collective experience of principals, pastors, education experts, and community leaders to revitalize our schools.

State of the Schools


The Archdiocese of Boston is pleased to report that all of our Catholic schools successfully completed the current academic year and will continue their educational mission next year.
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Cardinal Seán's Blog

10 October 2015
Posted in: Main - Cardinal Seán @ 01:26 AM
Hello and welcome! Last Thursday, I celebrated a special Mass at the Pastoral Center for our permanent deacons who are celebrating their Silver Jubilees of ordination. We were very pleased to be joined by Father Frank Silva, who was the director of the diaconate program 25 years ago, Sister Mary Reardon who is retiring from […]