Parish and Clergy Updates

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

NEW ITEMS

    Liturgy Preparation Aid For the Seasons of Advent and Christmas

    Please note that among recommendations made in these guides, only those in accord with RCAB COVID-19 Guidelines are permitted in the Archdiocese of Boston this year.
    Spanish Translation Available
    Divine Worship

    Advent "Virtual Mini Retreat": Mary's Advent- Confinement, Uncertainty & Hope

    Presented by Sr. Margaret (Meg) Guider in lieu of the annual Advent Mass and Breakfast Forum
    Pro Life Office & Women Affirming Life

    COVID-19 Webinar for Boston Priests (11/30)

    • What is the latest in the Covid-19 pandemic?
    • What is happening in the production of a vaccine?
    • Review of how to administer the Sacrament of the Sick to Covid patients.
    • Do we need to reestablish a Covid Priest Response team?
    • Your questions about anything to do with the virus and ministry.

    Catholic Appeal Abatement Form (12/7)

    Parishes below assessment should submit before December 7th.

    UPDATE: Transformados En El Amor Zoom (2/26-2/27)

    Este programa será para parejas que hablan español o son bilingües y que están comprometidas en matrimonio. Este taller será realizado por parejas casadas de diferentes parroquias a lo largo de la Arquidiócesis.¡Inscríbase ahora!

    Viernes, 26 de Febrero de 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    Y Sábado, 27 de Febrero de 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. descanso para el almuerzo y, después de 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
    Contact: Liz Cotrupi a [email protected] or Para español – Hna. Elsa Narvaez Rodriguez [email protected] 

    The link is the same, but just in case you need it, it should be attached to "Inscribase ahora"


    NEW! BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS


    EVENTS

    Year of the Eucharist with your Regional Bishop (11/30+)

    Year of the Eucharist Coordinators and Missionaries are invited to virtually connect with their regional bishop or episcopal vicar. Learn what inspires them about the Eucharist, ask questions, and hear how a “cloud of witnesses” are “living” out their Eucharistic faith. Each coordinator/missionary is encouraged to invite one person as a way of engaging in the three "Ps" of being a missionary - Pray, Participate, and Promote. Not a Eucharistic Missionary yet? No problem, email [email protected] to join up. These events will run from 7-8:00 PM on the dates listed below featuring the following: 
    Nov. 30: Most Rev. Robert Hennessey, Regional Bishop for the Merrimack Region. Register here. 
    Dec. 10: Most Rev. Robert Reed, Regional Bishop for the West Region. Register here. 
    Dec. 14: Very Rev. Robert Connors, Episcopal Vicar for the South Region. Register here. 

    First Friday Virtual Visits (12/4)

    Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary

    Benefits Office Webinars: Year-End Topics (12/9)

    The Archdiocese of Boston Benefits Office is offering several free webinars in November and December to review important payroll and benefits year-end topics, such as a “head’s up” that Friday, December 25 is a common pay date (plan ahead to pay on December 24!).

    Register Here for one of following webinars on Paying Christmas Bonuses – Complying with IRS and 401(k) Plan Rules:
    Thursday, December 3 @ 2:00 PM | Wednesday, December 9 @ 11:00 AM

    Contact any Benefits Office staff at (617) 746-5640 or Prime Pay at (888) 697-0021 if you need assistance.

    Official Catholic Directory Annual Update (12/14)

    General Counsel

    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.

    TINE Certificates Update

    Quick update on TINE's Certificates in Theology and Certificate in Evangelization: We are postponing the start of these two certificate courses to begin January 2021! Please visit tinecatholic.com https://www.tinecatholic.com for more information and register. This is a great opportunity for catechists, faith formation coordinators, Catholic school teachers, Catholic parents, and all disciples to go deeper in your Catholic faith!


    RESOURCES

    Archdiocese of Boston 401(k) Plan Required Annual Safe Harbor Notice

    Benefits Office

    Annual HIRD Disclosure Information – Deadline is December 15

    Benefits

    Thanksgiving and Christmas Week Payroll Timing Changes Needed

    Due to Christmas falling on a pay date this year, you must pay one day early.
    Human Resources

    Minimum Wage Increase

    Beginning on January 1, 2021, the Massachusetts minimum wage will increase from $12.75 per hour to 13.50 per hour.
    Human Resources

    Notices of Unemployment Claims May Be Fraudulent

    Be aware of a national unemployment fraud scheme, as reported by the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance. If you receive a form from the Massachusetts DUA, stating that one of your employees (terminated or active) has applied for unemployment – First, you should contact the employee and ask if they filed an unemployment claim. More details in the link to the HR Memo.
    Human Resources

    Protecting God's Children Training

    Pastoral Outreach & Child Protection |


    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

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

    Communications and Public Affairs, Digital Office