Parish and Clergy Updates

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

NEW ITEMS

Confirmation: Registration for the Fall 2021 Season is Now Open (Due 11/23)

Registration Memo
Office of Canonical Affairs 

Encuentro Virtual Juvenil 2020 (10/17)

The event will take place on Saturday, October 17th, 2020 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST via Facebook live, https://www.facebook.com/CatolicosenBoston.

Outdoor Masses

We have received a number of requests for a listing of Masses taking place outdoors across the archdiocese.  If your parish is regularly holding Mass outdoors please e-mail us at [email protected] with the location, date, and time. We will create a listing at https://bostoncatholic.org/outdoor-masses similar to the livestream Mass listing at https://www.bostoncatholic.org/livestream-masses

Respect Life Month: New Website to Encourage Catholics to be Part of the Church’s Pro-Life Ministries

https://upholdingthedignityoflife.org/

“Life is sacred. Life is a mystery. Life must be protected, nurtured, respected. The Gospel of Life is the centerpiece of the Church’s social teaching…It is our task to witness to the truth that love, compassion and solidarity can build a just society that will be safer for the poor, the unborn and those on the periphery.”                                                                            
+Seán Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap
Pro-Life Homily - 1/23/20

Link to Parish Resources


NEW! BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS


EVENTS

Month of Remembrance 

Share in our Seminary tradition this All Souls Day. We invite you and your parish to submit the names of your departed loved ones so that our seminarians can keep them in prayer throughout the month of November. https://www.sjs.edu/allsouls
Saint John's Seminary

Social Services and Health Care

Forming Disciples in Mission Workshop (10/21)

The next Forming Disciples in Mission workshop will be happening virtually on Oct. 21 and 22. Please visit tinecatholic.com and click on the Workshops tab to register.

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

Faith Formation: How's It Going? (10/28)

  • Wednesday, October 28, 1:00pm
  • With Patrick Krisak and Melissa Kalpakgian
  • Register here.
  • Patrick and Melissa will discuss what they are hearing from parish leaders about the start of parish faith formation programming this fall and ask for contributions and questions from attendees on this topic.

Upcoming Webinars.  More information at https://www.bostoncatholic.org/webinars and https://www.bostoncatholic.org/project-nazareth.

TINE Year of the Eucharist Speakers Series (10/29)

The Institute for the New Evangelization is hosting a virtual Year of the Eucharist Speakers Series. Our first talk will be held October 29, 2020 at 7 PM with Julianne Stanz, Director of Parish Life and Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay. Please register for these virtual talks.

Theological, Canonical, And Pastoral Engagement with Disability (11/2, 11/4)

A virtual workshop to engage our brothers and sisters in Christ with disabilities and the Deaf through practical, hands-on application of the revised Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities (USCCB).
Register here for the Nov. 2nd workshop for faith formation leaders, catechists, and parents.
Register here for the Nov. 4th workshop for clergy and pastoral associates. 
Evangelization and Discipleship

Archdiocesan Social Justice Convocation (11/7)

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

New Faith Formation Leader Workshop (11/12)

The Office of Lifelong Faith Formation & Parish Support invites all new parish catechetical leaders in the Archdiocese of Boston (including but not limited to children's ministry, youth ministry, and adult faith formation) to spend a day in conversation with our team.  We will discuss RCAB offices, initiatives, resources, and best practices relevant to parish work and have time for networking with other leaders. Register for this virtual gathering at this link. For more information contact Patrick Krisak at [email protected] or 617-746-5753.

Bishop James Augustine Healy Virtual Celebration (11/14)

The Annual Bishop James Augustine Healy Award Ceremony will be held virtually this year. The event will take place on November 14th, at 6:30 PM EST via Zoom. Registration details coming soon.
Evangelization and Discipleship

Saint John's Seminary is Celebrating 20 Years of Lay Formation (11/14)

All Souls Memorial Virtual Event.

Certificate in Catholic Theology (11/14)

The Institute for the New Evangelization (TINE) is offering a Certificate in Catholic Theology for its' second year. This course is taught by seasoned theologians, priests, and practitioners, providing a solid theological framework for catechists, Catholic school teachers, parish volunteers, parents, and disciples. Classes meet one Saturday a month, beginning November 14. All classes will be virtual. To register, visit tinecatholic.com.  
The Institute for the New Evangelization (TINE)

Certificate in Catholic Evangelization (11/14)

TINE is also offering a Certificate in Catholic Evangelization—a great opportunity for Catholics to go deeper in their own discipleship and equip them to form other disciples in their parishes, schools, and families. Classes meet one Saturday a month, beginning November 14. All classes will be virtual. Visit tinecatholic.com to sign up! 

Transformados En El Amor (12/4)

Marriage preparation workshop for Spanish speaking, engaged couples.

Faith Formation Leader Meetings

Regional faith formation leaders who accompany adults and children in their journey of discipleship are invited to join other leaders in your region for *virtual* gatherings of prayer, support, sharing, networking, and learning. We hope you can attend!

Please register for these virtual meetings in your region at https://www.bostoncatholic.org/lffps/ffmd/faith-formation-meetings. If you have any questions, please reach out to the contact for your region.


RESOURCES

Catholic Appeal Abatement Form

Parishes below assessment that have met all criteria can apply for an abatement.

Catholic Appeal

Bulletin announcements to help close your parish campaign are available. 
Institutional Advancement

Risk Management Quarterly Newsletter: Fall 2020

How COVID-19 is Spread | Cold Weather Preparation | Flu Prevention: Time to Get Vaccinated

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


ONGOING PROGRAMS OFFERED BY CENTRAL MINISTRIES

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 |

Regional Finance & Operations Managers and Business Managers Meetings (2020-2021)

Parish Services

Adaptive Training

Parish Services 

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