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.
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!
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 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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Hello and welcome! As regular readers will remember, last week I was invited to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Galway Cathedral in Ireland. But this past week I also took part in another significant anniversary: the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the Capuchin order in Rhineland Westphalia in Germany. The Capuchins had […]