Parish and Clergy Updates
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Dear Friends, every year, the Bishop James Augustine Healy Award is given in honor of the first recognized black Catholic bishop in the United States. The Robert L. Ruffin Award is presented in remembrance of a lay Catholic who was very active in the Black Catholic Congress movement during the late 19th century. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to express our gratitude and honor the achievements of inspiring people in our community and the Archdiocese of Boston. Please take a moment to prayerfully consider nominating someone you feel is a strong candidate for the Bishop Healy Award or the Robert L. Ruffin Award which will be presented on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. Please click to read the nomination form with a description of each award. Fill it out and email it back to [email protected] by Tuesday, June 1st. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]. Let us continue to be united in prayer and support of one another during these times.
Safe Environment Online Sessions (through 6/26)
Faith Journals from Boomwriter (5/26)
Join us for an introduction to Faith Journals demo and Q&A for Archdiocese of Boston parishes. Faith Journals engage children in a daily and joyful relationship with God. These journals are an online tool for religious educators to accompany children in their spiritual journey through consistent reading, reflection, and writing on the Word of God. Educators set up groups of any size, use Bible verses or content of their choosing to create and share customized writing activities to encourage children to talk with God. They can monitor children's writing and provide personalized guidance and feedback. Digital or printed copies of completed faith journals are available to families. The demo will be led by Loli Lopez-Montenegro and Ken Haynes from Boomwriter. Register and receive free demo access in advance at https://forms.gle/qDA4KShodif77MKb9.
The Domestic Church Project: Holiness Starts At Home (6/8)
Join Nancy Bandzuch of Catholic Sprouts and The Domestic Church Project as she briefly discusses the new Domestic Church Project platform for parishes. Parents aren’t passing the faith on to their children because they often don’t feel that they know how. At the same time, the pandemic sent much of the activity of faith formation back to the home. Parents need training, formation, and support. This is where the Domestic Church Project comes in. It is a six-week at-home experience for the whole family that will teach them how to establish and cultivate the life of their Domestic Church. It equips parents to assume their role as the primary educators of their children in the faith. Learn more at https://www.domesticchurchproject.com/dcp-group-use. A recording of a recent similar webinar is available for you to preview at this link. Find time to meet with Nancy personally at this link. Register here.
World Youth Day Lisbon – August 2023
Although the specific dates have not yet been confirmed by the Vatican, we know that the location for the next International World Youth Day Gathering is Lisbon, Portugal, and that it will be held in August of 2023. The Archdiocese of Boston is once again partnering with Dube Travel to provide a pilgrimage opportunity for groups and individuals who want to attend. The pilgrimage that Dube Travel is offering includes a visit to the Fatima shrine and sites associated with the apparition of Our Lady whose Feast Day is celebrated on May 13th. Visit the website for the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima to learn more about the apparition and the shrine itself: https://www.fatima.pt/en. To request to be added on future updates for World Youth Day Lisbon email [email protected].
Keynote Speaker Rev. Mariama will help us celebrate the 5th year Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical: “Laudato Si” and explore the Environmental dimension of racism and, consider further actions we can take to promote environmental justice and equity for all.
Transformados en el Amor (5/21)
Viernes, 21 de mayo de 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. y Sábado, 22 de Mayo de 9:00 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. descanso para el almuerzo y, después de 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m
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 aquí.
Annual Golf Tournament (5/24)
The 29th Annual Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, May 24th, at The Weston Golf Club. This premier charity event is held to benefit the educational program for the seminarians. Tuition covers only half the cost of educating a seminarian and the proceeds from this tournament will help bridge the gap and keep the cost of educating them affordable. The $250 player entry includes boxed lunch, 18 holes of golf with cart, hole in one prizes and a seminary themed gift. To register, call Kate Folan at 781-899-5500 or visit www.psjs.edu
from the Communications and Public Affairs Secretariat
Many Gifts, One Spirit: Discerning your charisms for missionary discipleship - Virtual Workshop (5/27)
Join us for a prayerful virtual workshop during which we’ll learn more about individual charisms and the importance of discerning and exercising our charisms to fully live out our discipleship, become the people we were made out of love to be, and bear fruit for His mission! See attached flyer for more details. Link to flyer.
Faith Formation Leader Fall Retreat (8/31, 9/9)
Join faith formation leaders across the archdiocese for a Fall retreat to kick off the 2021-22 program year. We are offering this retreat on two different dates/times/locations to give you two options to choose from to meet your schedule and to be able to safely space out. We look forward to coming together in prayer as a community united in mission. Please register for one of the following:
- Tuesday, August 31, 1-3pm, at St. Theresa Parish in North Reading
- Thursday, September 9, 10am-noon, at St. Timothy Parish in Norwood
Evangelization and Discipleship
Open Enrollment 2021 (5/10-6/11)
Lay Benefits Open Enrollment Starts May 10. Learn more about the new High Deductible Health Plan option and more.
A Program for parishes that encourages parishioners to make a yearly commitment. Impacts including seeing immediate increases in commitments of prayer, service and sharing. Planning and implementation of this Program is provided to parishes at no cost in 2021.
Parish Financial Services and Parish Evangelization Team
Talking of Palliative Care | CatholicTV Series (Weekly: Mon/Wed/Thurs)
- Letter from Vicar General
- RCAB Code of Conduct Policy
- RCAB Volunteers Code of Conduct Policy
- RCAB Sexual Harassment Policy | French | Spanish | Portuguese
Effective July 1, 2021
Scivias: Know the Ways of the Lord | Vocational Discernment Guide
Scivias has 27 five-minute episodes and is primarily intended as a vocational discernment guide. In a new video series from Vocations Boston entitled Scivias, Fr. Michael Zimmerman speaks into the hearts of young people as they navigate the murky waters of faith in modern culture and work to hear God’s voice in their lives. This series of short videos will guide viewers on a journey of discernment so we can know ourselves as God made us to be, discover the unique ways He works through us, and more deeply understand the beauty of the priesthood.
One-Time Use Full Color Worship Aids
Forming Leaders for Mission Workshop (5/25 & 6/1)
Adaptive Training (available workshops thru 5/18)
ParishSoft Training (through 6/7)
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.
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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