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Marathon bombing remembered two years on

Marathon bombing remembered two years onBOSTON -- At memorial events throughout the week, Catholics of the Archdiocese of Boston stood shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow citizens to memorialize and mark the two-year anniversary of the bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Many churches rang their bells at 2:49 p.m., the time that the first of two bombs exploded on Boylston Street.

Parish leaders gather to promote evangelization

Parish leaders gather to promote evangelizationNEWTON -- The buzz-phrase "new evangelization" can be a difficult concept to put into parish practice. At this year's Co-Workers in the Vineyard Conference, parish leaders received helpful tips on how to reach out to the unchurched in their midst.

Jesuits honor Cardinal O'Malley at annual gala

Jesuits honor Cardinal O'Malley at annual galaJesuits of the U.S. Northeast Province recently honored Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at their annual Jesuit Gala. About 900 people gathered for the annual dinner and fundraiser hosted at the Boston Marriott Copley Place on April 7.

Ordination class of 2015: Deacon Sinisa Ubiparipovic

Ordination class of 2015: Deacon Sinisa UbiparipovicThis week, The Pilot begins a series profiling each of the five men who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 23.

Father Parrish named interim episcopal vicar and Secretary for Parish Life and Leadership

BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley has announced the appointment of Father Bryan K. Parrish as interim episcopal vicar and Secretary for Parish Life and Leadership effective June 1, 2015. In this role, Father Parrish will oversee and work collaboratively with the Offices of Clergy Personnel and Ongoing Formation, Pastoral Outreach to Priests, Pastoral Planning, Vocations, Permanent Diaconate Formation and Life and Ministry, and the Clergy Funds.

In Jesus, We Reveal the Face of Love: The Daughters of St. Paul

In Jesus, We Reveal the Face of Love: The Daughters of St. PaulAsk any Daughter of St. Paul why she entered the community, and the answers will be as varied as the women you ask. At the heart of each response, however, will be an absolute dedication to evangelization, to bringing the hope of the Gospel to today's world with the fastest and most effective means possible, the means of communication.

From Cardinal Seán's blog

From Cardinal Seán's blogI want to begin this week by noting that on Holy Thursday (4/2) Tom Shields, a great friend to the archdiocese and a personal friend of mine, passed to eternal life, joining his beloved wife Mary. ...We are very grateful for all that he meant to us and all the help that he provided, particularly for children in need of a good education.

Parents of slain child oppose the death penalty for Tsarnaev

The parents of Martin Richard, the youngest victim killed at the marathon bombings two years ago, are asking that the death penalty be taken "off the table" for terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Mass. bishops oppose death penalty for Marathon bomber

Mass. bishops oppose death penalty for Marathon bomberBOSTON -- As the trial of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev went to the jury April 6, the bishops of Massachusetts released a statement reiterating the Church's teaching on the death penalty.

Despite challenges, parishes respond to synod lineamenta

Despite challenges, parishes respond to synod lineamentaBOSTON -- A short deadline from Rome and record snowfall in February presented challenges, but Father Bryan K. Parrish is pleased with how the archdiocese responded to the Holy See's request for input that will help the Church prepare for the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family.
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