Pope Francis has asked that Catholics celebrate consecrated life in 2015 by naming it The Year of Consecrated Life. The Year began November 30, 2014, the First Sunday of Advent and concludes on February 2, 2016 with the celebration of the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. The Pope illustrates three aims for the year: to look to the past with gratitude, to live the present with passion and To embrace the future with hope. To read the full letter to All Consecrated People on the Occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life, click here.
In the bicentennial year of the Archdiocese of Boston (2008), Cardinal Séan O’Malley instituted the Cheverus Award medals. These medals are now conferred upon selected recipients from throughout the Archdiocese annually at the Cathedral on or around the Solemnity of Christ the King.
On the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
“Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be.” Jn 12:26 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 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.
“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.”
2015 World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia
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."
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!
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Hello and welcome! Like many of you, I will be travelling for Thanksgiving to be together with family and friends, so I am posting my blog a bit earlier than normal this week. As I concluded last week, those of us participating in the Congress for the Congregation for the Clergy had just had our […]