Parish and Clergy Updates
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Reminder: The earliest the Christmas Vigil Mass can be celebrated is 4pm.
Evangelization and Discipleship
Annual Massachusetts Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (HIRD) Report Requirement + Voya Transition Info (11/17 - 12/14)
First Friday Visits (12/2)
Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary
December 3 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Pastoral Center, Braintree. If you are a married couple looking to serve on a Transformed in Love team or mentor engaged couples at your parish this workshop is for you. If you are a deacon/priest being called to start a marriage preparation ministry, we encourage you to learn more through this training.
Advent Lessons and Carols (12/3, 12/4)
Saturday, December 3, 7:00PM | Sunday, December 4, 3:00PM
Hear anew the prophetic telling of the world’s salvation, listen to our Seminary Schola as they perform exquisite choral meditations, and sing together with them the most beloved Advent hymns proclaiming the coming of our Savior’s birth.
After the service, guests are invited to join the seminarians for mulled cider, holiday cookies, and cheerful conversation befitting this sacred season. More info: www.sjs.edu/events
Parishes with a shortfall in meeting their assessment, may be eligible for an abatement. Please submit the attached form to apply.
Webinars: Issuing Special Checks and 401(k) Compliance (12/9, 12/13, 12/16)
The Office for Lifelong Faith Formation and Missionary Discipleship has put out its Advent and Christmas materials. The downloadable placemats are kid-friendly and come with simple Advent and Christmas prayers before meals. Go to https://bit.ly/adventresource practice the faith at home during the Advent and Christmas seasons.
La Oficina de Formación Permanente en la Fe y Discipulado Misionero ha creado materiales de Adviento y Navidad para sus feligreses. Los manteles individuales descargables son aptos para niños y vienen con sencillas oraciones de Adviento y Navidad para rezar antes de las comidas. Comparte bit.ly/aviento con tu familia hoy para ayudarla a practicar la fe en casa durante las temporadas de Adviento y Navidad.
Available Spring 2023 Courses: Faith and Reason | New Testament | Church History | Trinity/Christology | Ecclesiology | Liturgy and Sacraments | To learn more and to register, visit: https://www.sjs.edu/register
Saint John's Seminary
Permanent Diaconate Inquiry Program (10/6-12/6)
National Night of Prayer for Life (12/8-9)
A Certificate in Youth Evangelization is being offered by The Institute for the New Evangelization (TINE) starting January 7. Classes meet one Saturday a month at the Pastoral Center in Braintree and are taught by seasoned practitioners in youth evangelization. If you want to get a youth group started in your parish, or help reinvigorate one, encourage engaged parishioners to learn more about helping teens grow in their Catholic faith by signing up for our Certificate today. Learn more HERE. Course runs for 6 months and is $295. Financial aid is available.
St. Andrew Dinners (3/28)
“Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair” (CROWN) Act.
Vicar General's Office
Project Nazareth is a free family resource for bringing the Catholic faith into the home. It will help families build habits of prayer, read Scripture, and become comfortable talking about God. To explore Project Nazareth and for your family, go to https://bit.ly/projectnazareth. Please contact [email protected] for any questions.
Proyecto Nazaret es un recurso gratuito para ayudar a las familias a llevar la fe católica a sus hogares. Este recurso ayudará a las familias a desarrollar hábitos de oración y lectura de las Escrituras, y a sentirse cómodas hablando de Dios. Para conocer más sobre Proyecto Nazaret para tu familia, visita https://bit.ly/proyectonazaret. Si tienes alguna pregunta, comunícate con nosotros a [email protected]
Any parishes interested in hosting?
Faith Formation Leader Mentor Program
The faith formation mentoring program provides a great opportunity for leaders throughout our archdiocese to share knowledge, broaden and strengthen relationships, and support and encourage one another in ministry. We provide information on expectations for the program and suggested conversation topics and host fun leadership forums at the midpoint and end of the yearlong program. If you are interested in having a mentor or know someone who is, please contact Patrick Krisak at [email protected] or 617-746-5753 or Rosemary Maffei at [email protected] or 617-746-5760.
Forming Disciples in Mission
This workshop is designed to give you the tools to understand the New Evangelization, embrace living as an intentional disciple & become comfortable sharing your personal witness to form disciples in your family, neighborhood, workplace, & parish. Advanced registration required. This workshop is free to attend if you are a member of the Archdiocese of Boston. If you are outside the Archdiocese, the cost is $25. More information, including 2021-2022 dates and times and registration, available at tinecatholic.com
A Program for parishes that encourages parishioners to make a yearly commitment. Impacts including seeing immediate increases in commitments of prayer, service and sharing.
Parish Financial Services and Parish Evangelization Team
Transformed in Love marriage preparation is the sole marriage preparation program for the Archdiocese. If you are engaged, please visit https://www.bostoncatholic.org/familylife/engagedcouples for "We're Engaged, Now What?"
View upcoming sessions here.
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