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Women Affirming Life breakfast highlights joy of adoption

Women Affirming Life breakfast highlights joy of adoptionNORWOOD -- On the morning before Gaudete Sunday, women from across Massachusetts rejoiced in the blessing of adoption. Together at the Women Affirming Life Breakfast, they spoke about the graces that accompany placing children with new families.

West End tree lighting honors the faithful and the fallen

West End tree lighting honors the faithful and the fallenWEST END -- The 50th anniversary of the Regina Cleri residence for retired priests was among the people and events of 2014 that was remembered at the 19th Annual Christmas Tree Blessing and Lighting in Cushing Memorial Park, nearby the residence on Cambridge Street in Boston.

Gospel, Prophecy, Hope: Consecrated life in today's Church

Gospel, Prophecy, Hope: Consecrated life in today's ChurchA dove supports on one wing a polyhedral globe, and while resting on the water, it safeguards with the other wing three stars that arise from the water.

Record number to attend archdiocese's Pilgrimage for Life

Record number to attend archdiocese's Pilgrimage for LifeBRAINTREE -- The Archdiocese of Boston is set to have another record number of youth and young adults attend the March for Life in Washington this year. More than 840 have registered with the Archdiocese of Boston's Pilgrimage for Life to attend the march, which is held each January to mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision.

Nominations sought for Mass. General Cancer Center's 'the one hundred'

BOSTON -- The Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center is now accepting nominations for ''the one hundred,'' an awareness and fundraising initiative that celebrates hope in the cancer community. Each year, the Mass General Cancer Center honors 100 caregivers, researchers, philanthropists, advocates and volunteers whose commitment to the fight against cancer inspires people from across the country and around the globe to take action. Launched in 2008, 700 remarkable individuals, organizations and groups have, to date, been designated the one hundred honorees. The Mass General Cancer Center is now looking for the next 100.

From Cardinal Seán's blog

From Cardinal Seán's blogI am writing to you this week from Rome, where I have been for much of this week for meetings with the Holy Father. But before I left, on Friday (12/5) I went to St. Augustine School in Andover for the celebration of their 100th anniversary. We blessed the cornerstone for the school's new gymnasium, followed by Mass in the parish church with the entire school. The parish is run by the Augustinians and the pastor there is Father Peter Gori. The school was founded by the sisters of Notre Dame, and there is still a presence of the sisters at the school. A century is a great landmark, and the school is thriving and continues to expand. I was very happy to be a part of this very joyful celebration. We were also pleased that a number of parents were able to join the celebration along with the students and teachers.

Cardinal O'Malley influential in U.S. Cuba deal

Cardinal O'Malley influential in U.S. Cuba dealChristopher S. Pineo BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley played a substantial role in recently-announced restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, according to local media.

Boston Greek Orthodox leader shares experience of papal trip

Boston Greek Orthodox leader shares experience of papal tripBROOKLINE -- Metropolitan Methodios, leader of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston, recently returned from a trip to Istanbul, Turkey where he witnessed first-hand a historic meeting between Pope Francis and Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.

A sacred space for prayer, faith sharing, outreach

A sacred space for prayer, faith sharing, outreachIn Lowell, Massachusetts, Sister Linda Greenwood, OSF, and Sister Kenan (Kay) Rebholz, OSF, are two Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi who serve in a variety of roles vital to meeting the spiritual needs of today's faithful. San Damiano House of Prayer is located just off of Pawtucket Street, where Fanning Street meets the Northern Canal of the Merrimack River. In 1999, the property was offered to the congregation for one dollar, and Sister Linda believed it was what she was seeking to establish: a house of prayer. "I believe that we are a haven tucked away in a little corner of the world. It is like a cave that Francis of Assisi would have loved, especially when he wanted to break away from his outer world, in order to find again his true self ...."

Local men spread devotion to Jesus' Sacred Heart

Local men spread devotion to Jesus' Sacred HeartFAIRHAVEN -- Every Catholic family in Massachusetts is invited to open their doors and hearts to Jesus. The Men of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Fairhaven enthrone homes in order to spread the devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. They say that the enthronement ceremony brings peace, promotes prayer and strengthens family bonds. They have seen the benefits in their own homes and the 50 homes they visit each year. They would like to share the devotion's graces with many more.
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