Pastoral Themes

Disciples in Mission


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.

Giving Thanks for Our Sisters


In the Archdiocese of Boston, we are blessed to have 1,700 Sisters representing more than 80 religious communities, each with a particular charism. The charism, or vision of the founder in creating the community, is the inspiration and compass for the community’s life and mission. Each religious charism is a precious jewel in the life of the Church, and every vocation story is unique.

Catholic Faith Essentials


“We will have the opportunity to profess our faith in the Risen Lord in our cathedrals and in the churches of the whole world; in our homes and among our families, so that everyone may feel a strong need to know better and to transmit to future generations of the faith of all times."

Pope Benedict XVI

The Importance of Sunday Mass Participation


Pope Benedict describes what happens at Mass in this way: At the celebration of the Eucharist, we find ourselves in the ‘hour’ of Jesus. . . [and] this ‘hour’ of Jesus becomes our own hour; His presence in our midst. . . By making the bread into His Body and the wine into His Blood, He anticipates His death, He accepts it in His heart, and He transforms it into an action of love.  What on the outside simply brutal violence — the crucifixion — from is within becomes an act of total self-giving love. . . In their hearts, people always and everywhere have somehow expected a change, a transformation of the world.  Here now is the central act of transformation that alone can truly renew the world. . . Jesus can distribute His Body, because He truly gives Himself. . .  The Body and Blood of Christ are given to us so that we ourselves will be transformed in our turn. We are to become the Body of Christ, His own Flesh and Blood. We all eat the one bread, and this means that we ourselves become one. 6

A New Pentecost - Inviting All to Follow Jesus


Pentecost is often called the birthday of the Church because it is the day the members of Christ’s Church were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to boldly proclaim the Gospel, which means Good News.   Three thousand were baptized on Pentecost.  From that day forward, the followers of Jesus began to fulfill the command to make disciples of all nations, through baptism and apostolic work.  Without Pentecost, the Christ event would have remained imprisoned in history.  Pentecost is the moment of empowering.  The disciples are called to live in Christ’s Spirit and do His works.  We are called to do so ourselves today.

Celebrating the Social Justice Dimensions of Vatican II


Helping the poor stems from a long tradition dating back to when Christ walked the earth, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked.  Catholics today embrace this practice in myriad ways as parishes strive to incorporate belief into action. 

Meet Fr. Art: Faith at the Frontlines


With the war in Vietnam gaining momentum, Fr. Calter was struck that so many young men in his parishes were being drafted. Moved by the desire to bring the presence of Christ to the trenches, Fr. Calter became a Chaplain in the U.S. Army. He served two tours of duty embedded with infantrymen and marines in the jungle where he would celebrate up to twelve Masses in one day.

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.

The Gift of our Priests


In the weeks leading up to Christmas, we reflect on the gift of our faith and are reminded of the many gifts over the course of our lifetime—those that have come in packages and those that have not. For many of us, the most treasured gifts are given and received through moments shared with people who inspire us or with someone we love. Perhaps it was the birth of a child, the passing of a loved one, or a time when all we needed was a listening ear. Throughout all those times of sorrow and joy, every one of us has been grateful for the gift of a priest.

The New Roman Missal


Many will find it hard to adjust to unfamiliar texts after nearly forty years of continuous use of the previous translation. The change will need to be introduced with due sensitivity, and the opportunity for catechesis that it presents will need to be firmly grasped. I pray that in this way any risk of confusion or bewilderment will be averted, and the change will serve instead as a springboard for a renewal and a deepening of Eucharistic devotion all over the English-speaking world.

Pope Benedict XVI's Address to Vox Clara
Posted on April 30, 2010


Cardinal Seán's Blog

04 July 2014
Posted in: Main - Cardinal Seán @ 11:04 PM
Hello and welcome! Each year around this time, after they have had a chance to settle in to their new parish assignments, I like to invite some of our newly ordained priests to share some of their experiences with you. This week, I have asked Father Karlo Hocurscak to tell you a little about himself. [...]