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Ashes distributed on Boston Common

Ashes distributed on Boston CommonBOSTON -- Priests and staff from the Archdiocese of Boston took Pope Francis's call for the Church to "go into the streets" literally when they distributed ashes on Boston Common Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10.

40 Days for Life continues in 6 Mass. locations

HAVERHILL -- In 2015, 549 women entered Merrimack Valley Women's Health Services on Fridays, the day the Haverhill clinic typically performs abortions, and prayers were offered for each and every one. The faithful vigilers stand outside the clinic in all weather, all year round. Twice a year, they participate in 40 Days for Life, the campaign of peaceful protest, prayer and fasting where constant vigil is held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day for 40 days. The current campaign runs from Feb. 10 to March 20.

Confession available at every church on Wednesdays in Lent

Confession available at every church on Wednesdays in LentBOSTON -- As Lent begins in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Archdiocese of Boston is once again inviting all the faithful to take advantage of the sacrament of reconciliation through its The Light is On for You initiative.

Catholic Appeal reports 2015 results

Catholic Appeal reports 2015 resultsLooking back on the Catholic Appeal in their parish last year, Jim and Eileen Tempero of Brookline had much to celebrate.

March 2 'Friendraiser' is introduction to Ignatian Volunteer Corps

Many people want to volunteer their time and talent but don't know where to start. Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) strives to meet that need for people ages 50 and older.

St. John's Prep plans new $24.9M wellness center

St. John's Prep plans new $24.9M wellness centerDANVERS -- St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers announced Jan. 28 its plans to build a new 78,000-square-foot wellness center. The two-story building, which will be completed in the fall of 2017, will offer room for St. John's 20 interscholastic high school sports and nine interscholastic middle school sports.

Walsh proposes to rename Boston marine park for Ray Flynn

BOSTON -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh is supporting a recommendation by a city commission that the Boston Marine Industrial Park should be named for former Mayor Ray Flynn.

From Cardinal Seán's blog

From Cardinal Seán's blogSaturday evening, I visited the Catholic Weymouth Collaborative of St. Jerome's and Immaculate Conception Parishes and celebrated Mass for them at St. Jerome's. Afterwards there was a dinner for clergy in the area.

Local pastoral visitors gather to pray, reflect on ministry to the sick

Local pastoral visitors gather to pray, reflect on ministry to the sickWAKEFIELD -- Pastoral Visitors and ministers of Communion who offer support to the sick or infirm came together to listen to a lecture by Sister Anne D'Arcy, CSJ and share their work-related experiences during a conference at St. Joseph Parish in Wakefield, Jan. 31.

Librarian brings the world to students at Sacred Heart Elementary, Kingston

Librarian brings the world to students at Sacred Heart Elementary, KingstonKINGSTON -- Carrie Mathias is not our typical school librarian. As the librarian at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Kingston, she does much more than shelf books.
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