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Welcoming the New Year

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Hello and Happy New Year!

Here in Boston, we have the beautiful custom of ending the old year and beginning the New Year in church. So, on New Year’s Eve, I went to St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine for the archdiocese’s annual New Year’s Eve Vigil and Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God. We are very grateful to the Oblates of the Virgin Mary for their gracious hospitality again this year.Cardinal O’Malley celebrates New Year’s Eve Mass at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine in Boston’s Back Bay Dec. 31, 2018.
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The octave day of Christmas has had different themes in the past, but the present liturgical celebration is of Mary the Mother of God and the Church, in which the Church congratulates Mary on the birth of the Messiah.Cardinal O’Malley celebrates New Year’s Eve Mass at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine in Boston’s Back Bay Dec. 31, 2018.
Pilot photo/ Jacqueline TetraultWe are very happy that a number of priests, seminarians, and religious were able to join us along with many young adults and people involved in the pro-life movement.Cardinal O’Malley celebrates New Year’s Eve Mass at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine in Boston’s Back Bay Dec. 31, 2018.
Pilot photo/ Jacqueline TetraultCardinal O’Malley celebrates New Year’s Eve Mass at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine in Boston’s Back Bay Dec. 31, 2018.
Pilot photo/ Jacqueline TetraultCardinal O’Malley celebrates New Year’s Eve Mass at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine in Boston’s Back Bay Dec. 31, 2018.
Pilot photo/ Jacqueline Tetrault

Prior to the Mass, which begins at 11:30 p.m., we have a Holy Hour, and the rosary that is part of the Holy Hour always has a very pro-life theme. As we begin the New Year, it is very fitting on the feast of the Motherhood of Mary that we pray for mothers who are experiencing challenging pregnancies.Cardinal O’Malley celebrates New Year’s Eve Mass at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine in Boston’s Back Bay Dec. 31, 2018.
Pilot photo/ Jacqueline Tetrault

It is always a great event and a wonderful way to end the old year and to begin the New Year by asking for forgiveness for the sins of our past year and recommitting ourselves to a life of discipleship and embracing the mission that is ours. Cardinal O’Malley celebrates New Year’s Eve Mass at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine in Boston’s Back Bay Dec. 31, 2018.
Pilot photo/ Jacqueline TetraultCardinal O’Malley celebrates New Year’s Eve Mass at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine in Boston’s Back Bay Dec. 31, 2018.
Pilot photo/ Jacqueline TetraultCardinal O’Malley celebrates New Year’s Eve Mass at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine in Boston’s Back Bay Dec. 31, 2018.
Pilot photo/ Jacqueline TetraultCardinal O’Malley celebrates New Year’s Eve Mass at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine in Boston’s Back Bay Dec. 31, 2018.
Pilot photo/ Jacqueline TetraultCardinal O’Malley celebrates New Year’s Eve Mass at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine in Boston’s Back Bay Dec. 31, 2018.
Pilot photo/ Jacqueline Tetrault


The next morning, as I do each year, I celebrated Mass with the Haitian community in the archdiocese because, in addition to being New Year’s Day and the Feast of Mary the Mother of God, January 1 is also Haitian Independence Day.Haitian Independence Day Mass celebrated by Cardinal O’Malley at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church) in Boston, Jan. 1, 2019.
Photo by Patrick E. O’ConnorHaitian Independence Day Mass celebrated by Cardinal O’Malley at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church) in Boston, Jan. 1, 2019.
Photo by Patrick E. O’ConnorHaitian Independence Day Mass celebrated by Cardinal O’Malley at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church) in Boston, Jan. 1, 2019.
Photo by Patrick E. O’ConnorHaitian Independence Day Mass celebrated by Cardinal O’Malley at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church) in Boston, Jan. 1, 2019.
Photo by Patrick E. O’Connor

We are very proud to have the third largest Haitian community in the United States, and we always have a wonderful assembly of Haitian clergy and parishioners along with choirs of various churches join us for the Mass.IMG_1088IMG_1092

This year, the Mass was held at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church), which was very appropriate because Our Lady of Perpetual Help is also the patroness of Haiti.Haitian Independence Day Mass celebrated by Cardinal O’Malley at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church) in Boston, Jan. 1, 2019.
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The Mass always ends with the singing of the Te Deum, a hymn of thanksgiving which is customarily sung in Latin American and European countries on New Year’s Day. Then, immediately after the Mass, there is a rousing rendition of the national anthem of Haiti.


That evening, I had three Capuchin friars visit for New Year’s dinner: Brother Jim, Brother Diogo and Brother Francisco.

I also gave them a tour of the Cathedral, which is coming along very nicely.7c5b5743-fc78-4cdd-9407-a43b5902a9d3IMG_9575_1Those who have gone by the cathedral recently may have noticed that the lighting is in place behind the stained glass windows so that the cathedral now looks just resplendent at night. IMG_9576_1IMG_9577_1

We are all very anxious for the completion of the other renovations and the opening of the cathedral, which will take place before Holy Week.


Finally, Wednesday evening I attended the interfaith prayer service at Morning Star Baptist Church in Boston held on the eve of the inauguration of Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito for their second term.Interfaith prayer service MorningStar Baptist Church in Boston for Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito on the eve of their inauguration for a second term, Jan. 2, 2019.
Pilot photo/ Jacqueline TetraultInterfaith prayer service MorningStar Baptist Church in Boston for Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito on the eve of their inauguration for a second term, Jan. 2, 2019.
Pilot photo/ Jacqueline TetraultInterfaith prayer service MorningStar Baptist Church in Boston for Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito on the eve of their inauguration for a second term, Jan. 2, 2019.
Pilot photo/ Jacqueline Tetrault

We were so pleased to be joined by such a large representation of Jewish, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant clergy. Interfaith prayer service MorningStar Baptist Church in Boston for Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito on the eve of their inauguration for a second term, Jan. 2, 2019.
Pilot photo/ Jacqueline TetraultThere were many prayers and readings as well as remarks by Gov. Baker and Lt. Gov. Polito. Gov. Baker spoke about the importance of prayer and faith in the life of individuals and in the life of the community and said that, for him, the interfaith prayer service is the most important of his inaugural events. Interfaith prayer service MorningStar Baptist Church in Boston for Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito on the eve of their inauguration for a second term, Jan. 2, 2019.
Pilot photo/ Jacqueline TetraultInterfaith prayer service MorningStar Baptist Church in Boston for Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito on the eve of their inauguration for a second term, Jan. 2, 2019.
Pilot photo/ Jacqueline TetraultInterfaith prayer service MorningStar Baptist Church in Boston for Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito on the eve of their inauguration for a second term, Jan. 2, 2019.
Pilot photo/ Jacqueline TetraultInterfaith prayer service MorningStar Baptist Church in Boston for Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito on the eve of their inauguration for a second term, Jan. 2, 2019.
Pilot photo/ Jacqueline TetraultInterfaith prayer service MorningStar Baptist Church in Boston for Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito on the eve of their inauguration for a second term, Jan. 2, 2019.
Pilot photo/ Jacqueline TetraultInterfaith prayer service MorningStar Baptist Church in Boston for Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito on the eve of their inauguration for a second term, Jan. 2, 2019.
Pilot photo/ Jacqueline Tetrault

Of course, it was a very uplifting celebration and also a wonderful opportunity for the various faith leaders to come together and pray for our civic leaders as we begin this new year.

Until next week,

Cardinal Seán

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