Parish and Clergy Updates

INDEX: New Items | Bulletin Announcements | RECENT MESSAGESEvents | Resources | Ongoing Programs

NEW ITEM

Synod on Synodality

Over the coming months, Catholics from around the world will be participating in the Synod on Synodality. Please see the following three documents for more information in commencing with the Synod on Synodality.

PDF of Bulletin announcement click here.
PDF of Questions document click here.
PDF of Parish Implementation document click here.
Questions should be sent to Fr. Paul Soper at [email protected].

Health and Wellness Newsletter: Maintain Healthy Eating Habits

Benefits

Webinar: Dig into Dark Chocolate | Tuesday, December 7th @ 5:30pm
Webinar: Dining Solutions for a Healthy Holiday | Wednesday, December 15th @ 4:30pm
Webinar: Guided Stretch | Tuesday, December 21st @ 6pm

Minimum Wage Increase to $14.25/hour  (effective 1/1/22)

Women Affirming Life Advent Reflection

Joseph, Our Brother, Our Mentors and Our Friend, Presented by Sr. Marian Batho, CSJ. (27 minute video with reflection questions)
Pro Life Office

National Prayer Vigil for Life: Opening and Closing Mass (1/20, 1/21)

Important registration instructions for Clergy.
Canonical Affairs


BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS


REMINDERS:

Lessons and Carols at Saint John's Seminary (12/4, 12/15)

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. Register with this link: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=E163282&id=18

2021 Catholic Appeal Abatement (Due 12/6)

Parishes that have not met their assessment are encouraged to submit an abatement form before the 12/6 deadline.
Link to Abatement Form

Resources for Parishes and Schools between now and December 31st

How to Improve Online Donation Forms and Create Perfect Ask Strings
Free Social Media resources for Advent
Parish Services

FDLC Liturgy Preparation Aid for Advent and Christmas 2021

Divine Worship


EVENTS

Clergy: In-Person Deliverance Training, Salem (Jan 11th+)

Priests Retreat and Pilgrimage Opportunities (5/30, 10/11)

Clergy Personnel

Jesus is Here: Archdiocese of Boston Eucharistic Congress (6/18/22)

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2022 Eucharistic Congress, Jesus is Here - a day-long event featuring Mass with the Cardinal, dynamic speakers including Bishop Robert Barron, Bishop Daniel Flores, Bobby and Jackie Angel, and Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Adoration, and a Eucharistic procession. Visit jesusishereboston.org for more information and to register!


RESOURCES

Important Information for Priests and Deacons Witnessing Marriages in Massachusetts

Canonical Affairs

Important Payroll and Benefits Compliance Reminder (Nov/Dec)

Video Grief Support Resources

Chaplaincy

Regional Finance and Operations Managers and Business Managers Meetings FY 2022

FY2022 Parish Administrative Calendar

FY2021 Year-End Questionnaire (Due 8/10)

Finance


ONGOING PROGRAMS OFFERED BY CENTRAL MINISTRIES

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

Parish Created for Love Update

The mandate to implement the Created for Love safe environment curriculum for 6th through 8th graders continues: https://www.csoboston.org/about/CFL.  Colleen Donohoe, in the Catholic Schools Office, remains responsible for the implementation of this curriculum in archdiocesan schools.   The Secretariat for Evangelization & Discipleship and the Office of Pastoral Support and Child Protection are now responsible for the implementation of this curriculum in archdiocesan parishes.  

These two departments are jointly working on updating this curriculum for parishes and will provide more information in the months ahead.  We will provide updated child and family materials, a leader guide, and translations of the material in other languages.  If you have any questions about parish implementation please contact Patrick Krisak ([email protected] or 617-746-5753) or Chris Donoghue ([email protected] or 617-746-5770). 

Grateful Discipleship Program

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

Protecting God's Children for Adults Online Training

Register Here 

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 |

ParishSoft Training

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