Parish and Clergy Updates

INDEX: New Items | Bulletin AnnouncementsEvents | Resources | Ongoing Programs

NEW ITEMS

Respect Life Month: Resources (October)

Social Services and Health Care

Free Video Library on Topics of Grief

A Collection of 13 full-length videos on topics that cover many challenges such as loss, bereavement, loneliness and stress.
Office of Chaplaincy

Planned Giving Webinars (10/21, 11/18)

For pastors, business managers and interested members of parish pastoral councils and finance councils 
Sustain the Future of Your Parish Through Planned Giving
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 1-2 p.m.

For parishioners interested in learning how a planned gift supports the future of their parish
Supporting the Future of Your Parish through a Planned Gift
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 1-2 p.m.
Institutional Advancement

Annual Children’s Eucharistic Holy Hour (10/7)

World Apostolate of Fatima Boston Virtual 15th Annual Children’s Eucharistic Holy HourOctober 7, 2020 from 1:00pm-2:00pm. This year’s Children’s Eucharistic Holy Hour and Holy Rosary for World Peace will be live-streamed so all children, teachers, parents and families are able to pray together from the safety and comfort of their classroom or home. Included here is a brief promo video which will help give the children a basic understanding of the message of Fatima and Our Lady’s call to pray the rosary daily! Pre-Register here to pray with us on Wednesday, October 7th, the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary! Each registrant will receive a digital copy of the Holy Hour program so you can follow along in your classroom or home. The livestream link will be included on the confirmation page upon completion of the registration. For event questions, please contact Judi Scherban at: [email protected]  or Fr. Ed Riley at Rev. [email protected].

Saint John's Seminary is Celebrating 20 Years of Lay Formation (10/10)

FREE Virtual Event for your Parishioners: Reflections on the Rosary with Cardinal Sean, Fr. Willy Raymond, and more!

Vote For Our Cathedral (through 10/15)

Help Us Make the Cathedral Boston’s Fan Favorite! Next month the Cathedral of the Holy Cross will be given a prestigious Preservation Award by the Boston Preservation Alliance (BPA) for its recently completed historic renovation. In addition, as part of BPA’s annual Preservation Awards, is their Award for Fan Favorite. The project with the most votes on October 15 will take home the award and bragging rights as Boston's favorite preservation project. We encourage you to vote for our Cathedral!  You may vote once a day until October 15. Follow this link to the voting page. 
Institutional Advancement

Annual CORI for Clergy (Due 9/30)

Office of Background Screening


NEW! BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS


EVENTS

12th Annual Celebration of the Priesthood: Virtual Gala (9/29)

The Celebration of the Priesthood Virtual Gala is less than two weeks away!
Register now for the 2020 Celebration of the Priesthood Virtual Gala! With your complimentary registration, you will have the chance to virtually join an evening full of special guests and inspirational stories, as well as the opportunity to win: A private tour of the newly renovated Cathedral of the Holy Cross | An invitation to join a virtual live Q&A with General Joe Dunford (this year’s keynote speaker) | An invitation to talk hockey virtually with NHL Florida Panthers star Brian Boyle.

Every email that is registered gets entered into the raffle, so if you are going to be watching with your family and friends, make sure each person registers separately for their chance to win! Don’t miss out! Register now!
Clergy Health and Retirement Trust | 

Catholic Schools are Safely Opening with In-Person Instruction

54 elementary schools and 8 high schools are opening for live instruction five days per week. Learn more about these schools and others at: https://schoolswithliveinstruction.org/

Substitute Teach in Catholic Schools | Are you interested in substitute teaching in one of our 100 Archdiocese of Boston schools this year? Fill out this brief survey to learn more about our substitute teacher bank.
Catholic Schools Office |

A Catholic Approach to Palliative Care (9/28+)

Video series covers the Catholic Church’s approach to and teaching about palliative care and the issues facing the seriously ill and dying and their families.
Secretariat for Social Services and Health Care

Permanent Diaconate Inquirers Program: Is Christ Calling You? (9/29+)

iThirst Spiritual Companion (10/14+)

Provide spiritual consolation and recovery resource information to the afflicted and their families.
Opioid Taskforce |

Archdiocesan Social Justice Convocation (11/7)

REGISTER NOW! Racial Justice - What Can We Do?
Social Services and Healthcare Secretariat


RESOURCES

Protecting God's Children Training

Pastoral Outreach & Child Protection |

Political Activities

Reminder about limitations on political activities that may be conducted by non-profit entities
General Counsel | Link to USCCB Guidelines

Live-Streamed Masses

Is your parish listed correctly? We are trying to maintain a comprehensive list of the Masses live streamed to help the faithful celebrate Mass virtually. If you know of a Parish that is not listed below or have any updated information, please email [email protected]  or call 617-746-5761 to help us keep this list up-to-date. 

Secretariat for Evangelization and Discipleship


ONGOING PROGRAMS OFFERED BY CENTRAL MINISTRIES

Created for Love Training via Zoom (9/28+)

For Parish Faith Formation Leaders and Catechists
A foundational moral theology curriculum mandated for all Catholic school students and parish faith formation students in Grades 6-8 throughout the Archdiocese of Boston to satisfy the required child safety standards set forth by the USCCB as well as the required chastity, respect life, vocation and morality curriculum set forth by Cardinal Séan O’Malley.

Upcoming training dates are listed below along with registration links for middle school religion teachers and school leaders! More information about CFL can be found HERE or by contacting [email protected]

Mon. 9/28/30: 6:30pm-8:00pm: REGISTER HERE! 
Wed. 10/14/20: 6:30pm-8:00pm REGISTER HERE!

Catholic Schools Office

Transformed in Love

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.
Evangelization and Discipleship |

Project Nazareth

What do you think of when you ponder the holy family living in their little house in Nazareth? Joy, peace, laughter? What about the strength to bear the hardships of living in turbulent times and the sorrows of life? Just as God gave the grace for Joseph and Mary to raise Jesus in daily ordinary life, so too has He given you the grace to raise your children. Now available via sign-up at projectnazareth.com:

  • The Sacred Mysteries Series in English for October through December 2020; a weekly, lectionary-based curriculum for families and parishes.
  • The Parish Guide which explains the theory of Project Nazareth and provides helpful ideas and thoughts on the implementation of Project Nazareth.
  • The Parent Guide to help parents understand how to use Project Nazareth, the different series, and the weekly toolkits; the Parent Guide is available here/attached for you to preview.
  • The Prayer Guide which helps families learn basic Catholic prayers, teaches them new ones, and gives ideas of how to pray throughout the day as a family.

Please consider sharing Project Nazareth with families in your parish, whether or not you choose to use Project Nazareth in your parish faith formation plans. More information can be found here.
Secretariat for Evangelization and Discipleship
Regional Finance & Operations Managers and Business Managers Meetings (2020-2021)

Parish Services

Adaptive Training

Parish Services | Sign Up Online Here

Microsoft Office365

Purchase DELL computers using our New Portal

Information Technology and Parish Services

Parish Information Technology: Support Services Initiative

Information Technology

Digital Tools for Parishes: Online Giving and E-Mail Solution

Communications and Public Affairs, Digital Office