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Announcements & Press Releases

 March 27, 2015 - Holy Week 2015, Cardinal, CatholicTV and Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Archdiocese of Boston 
March 26, 2015 - CatholicTV Premieres New Series in April 

March 16, 2015 - Cardinal Seán O’Malley Message for St. Patrick's Day
 March 14, 2014 - Mark Tran, 6th Grader, Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy, Columbia Campus, Dorchester, MA 

March 11, 2015 - Join CatholicTV for St. Patrick’s Week 
March 11, 2015 - Cardinal and the Parishes of the Archdiocese of Boston Launch 2015 Catholic Appeal 

 March 10, 2015 - Bishops Call for Prayer Amidst ‘Stark Reality’ of Religious Persecution, Violence
March 6, 2015 - 2015 Catholic Appeal to Launch in parishes March 7 and 8 
March 6, 2015 - Cardinal O'Malley's Remarks on the Unexpected Death of Cardinal Edward Egan, the Former Archbishop of New York
March 6, 2015 - Palm Sunday Concert/Meditation - March 29, 2015, St. Mary Church, Charlestown
March 5, 2015 - Rev. Robert Reed Appointed to Cardinal's Cabinet  
March 3, 2015 - The Light is on For You   
March 3, 2015 - The Archdiocese of Boston Black Catholic Choir 4th Annual Gospel Music Workshop featuring Thomas Wade Jefferson  

March 2, 2015 - Cardinal Celebrates Mass with Life Teen community at St Mary in Hanover; 2015 Catholic Appeal Announced 

February 27, 2015 - Cardinal to Announce Catholic Appeal 2015 
February 27, 2015 - CatholicTV Premiere of Weekly Spanish Mass from Chapel of the Holy Cross 
27 febrero 2015 - Estreno de la Misa Dominical Semanal en CatholicTV 
 February 20, 2015 - Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop Lori Urge Support For The Health Care Conscience Rights Act  

February 18, 2015 - Cardinal on Ash Wednesday 
February 18, 2015 - 2015 Rite of Election - Canceled 
February 10, 2015 - The Pastoral Center is closed today, February 10, 2015.
February 9, 2015 - Due to the long duration storm, the Pastoral Center will be closed today, February 9th. Further updates will occur late Monday if needed. Thank you.  

February 8, 2015 - Winter Storm Watch
Febraury 8, 2015 - Archdiocese of Boston Places Rev. Thomas M. Gillespie on Administrative Leave of Absence
February 2, 2015 - Due to unpredictable snow totals and driving conditions for our staff, the Pastoral Center will be closed today.  
January 30, 2015 - Mass to celebrate Black History Month on Sunday, February 1
January 28, 2015 - The Pastoral Center will be closed, today, January 28, 2015.
January 27, 2015 - Cardinal O’Malley and Archbishop Wenski Welcome Supreme Court Decision To Review Protocols for Use of Lethal Injection
January 26, 2015 - The Pastoral Center will be closed January 27, 2015 in anticipation of the blizzard. 
January 23, 2015 - Cardinal O’Malley Welcomes House Passage of ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ 

 January 22, 2015 - Following is Cardinal Seán 's Homily for the Opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life last evening 
January 21, 2015 - Cardinal O’Malley Urges Congress to Support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
January 20, 2015 - More than 850 Pilgrims To Depart Boston for March for Life; Video narrated by the Cardinal released 
January 18, 2015 - Media Advisory for Prayer Breakfast in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King  

January 14, 2015 - Immaculate Conception Parish

 December 24, 2014 - Cardinal's Christmas and New Year's Schedule

 December 24, 2014 - A Christmas Message from Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap.

December 23, 2014 - CatholicTV's 72 Hours of Christmas Schedule

December 22, 2014 - Cardinal Sean Statement on Appointment of Most Reverend Christopher Christopher Coyne as Bishop-Elect of Burlington, Vermont

December 19, 2014 - Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy Lower Mills Campus Gets Ready for Renovations

December 5, 2014 - Statement of Cardinal Seán O'Malley  

December 5, 2014 - Advent Events in the Archdiocese of Boston 

December 2, 2014 - Mass Celebrating People with Disabilities and Their Families

November 25, 2014 - Winter Storm Warning in Effect

November 24, 2014 - Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Placed on the College Board’s AP District Honor Roll

November 22, 2014 - Cardinal Seán Statement on Immigration
November 18, 2014 - Massachusetts Religious Leaders Joint Statement on Brutal Attacks at a Jerusalem Synagogue

November 18, 2014 - Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop Lori Urge Congress To Include Abortion Non-Discrimination Act in Funding Legislation 

November 17, 2014 - Cardinal to Present 2014 Cheverus Awards

November 11, 2014 - Veterans Day 2014: The Role of Military Chaplains
November 4, 2014 - Honoring Our Veterans
October 30, 2014 - Statement of Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley on the Passing of Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino
October 30, 2014 - 21st Annual Bishop James Augustine Healy Award Dinner

October 28, 2014 - Media Guidance for the Wake and Funeral for Jean Carlos Marrero and Kelvin Medina.

October 18, 2014 - Cardinal Sean O'Malley statement on the passing of Bishop Shaw

October 17, 2014 - Mass of Thanksgiving for the Beatification of Pope Paul VI (Sunday) 

October 16, 2014 - A Statement of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts on Earned Sick Time (Question 4)   


October 14, 2014 - Masses of Remembrance for Pre-Born Children in November 


October 9, 2014 - Statement of Cardinal Seán on the passing of the Most Reverend John P. Boles, D.D. 

October 7, 2014 - The Boys of St. Paul's Choir School Release Christmas in Harvard Square 

September 26, 2014 - The CatholicTV Network Annual Telethon

September 25, 2014 - ‘Faustina’ Live Drama Brings a Modern Message of Mercy to Audiences Across the Nation
September 25, 2014 - Office for Black Catholic Ministries: Feed Your Faith 

September 22, 2014 - Boston's Largest Catholic Dinner to have Record Attendance
September 19, 2014 - Public Safety Mass to be Celebrated Sunday, September 21 

September 19, 2014 - MARR Scholarships Awarded for 2014-15 

September 18, 2014 - Thirteen Men to be Ordained to the Permanent Diaconate

 September 16, 2014 - Cardinal O'Malley: Government Report Confirms Bishops’ Concern on Abortion Coverage 


September 15, 2014 - A Statement of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts on Expanded Gambling and Question 3 
September 3, 2014 - Parishes of the Archdiocese to take up a special collection this weekend (Sept 13 & 14) for humanitarian relief and pastoral support for our affected brothers and sisters in the Middle East   

 August 11, 2014 - Mass of solidarity with the Iraqi Community of Boston in praying for peace and an end to the persecution of Christians  

August 2, 2014 - Cardinal Letter to The Friends of St Frances Xavier Cabrini 
August 1, 2014 - Cardinal Statement on Newly Enacted “Buffer Zone” Law in Massachusetts  
August 1, 2014 - USCCB Chairmen Strongly Endorse the Inclusion Act 
July 30, 2014 - Cardinal O’Malley Presents 2014 People of Life Awards to Exemplary Pro-Life Leaders
July 25, 2014 - Cardinal Appoints Kathleen Power Mears Superintendent of Catholic Schools  
July 21, 2014 - Nigerian Catholic Community of Boston 25th Anniversary Celebration - July 26, 2014     



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Risk Alerts

February 13, 2015 - Extreme Cold: Preventing Ice Dams, Frozen Pipe - Risk Alert - No. 2015-06

February 13, 2015 - Extreme Cold: Preventing Ice Dams, Frozen Pipe - Risk Alert - No. 2015-06

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February 4, 2014 - Risk Alert - Winter Storm Warning in Effect

Office of Risk Management Risk Alert No. 2014-02, RE: Winter Storm Warning in Effect, February 4, 2014

 The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter storm warning for Wednesday, February 5, from midnight until 6:00 pm.  Location: Southern New Hampshire, most of Massachusetts, Northern Connecticut, Rhode Island.  Accumulations: Snow accumulation of 8-12 inches with isolated amounts of 14 inches possible.  Impacts: Difficult travel conditions and reduced visibilities due to snow and snow-covered roads, especially for the Wednesday morning commute. Visibility may drop down to one-quarter mile or less at times. Winds will be out of the Northeast at around 10 to 15 MPH with gusts up to 25 MPH. Temperatures will be in the mid-20s. The storm is not expected to create coastal flooding. 

Roof Safety

  • An additional snowstorm is forecast for this weekend and may add to the accumulation. If not cleared off, snow accumulations will add weight and stress to structures and contribute to leaky roofs once the snow begins to thaw. Flat commercial roofs are most susceptible if they are not draining properly. Maintenance personnel should clear storm drains to minimize local flooding problems from this run-off. In many cases, roof ice dams can form, causing water build-up leading to interior damage. To minimize the risk of over-stressing a building roof due to accumulated or drifting snow, please take into consideration the following tips:
  • If roof snow can be removed from the ground with the use of a snow rake (available at most hardware stores), do so. Use caution, as metal snow rakes conduct electricity if they come into contact with a power line.
  • Try to avoid working from ladders, as ladder rungs tend to ice up. Snow and ice collect on boot soles and metal ladders.
  • Flat roofs can be shoveled clear, but only if it is determined that the roof is safe to stand upon. Exercise care when on the roof to avoid potentially dangerous falls.
  • Flat roof drainage systems should be kept clear to minimize the risk of excess roof ponding in the event of subsequent heavy rainfall or melting.
  • Large icicles can form on roof overhangs, but do not necessarily mean ice damming is occurring. Icicles overhanging doorways and walkways can be dangerous and should be carefully removed.
  • Because snow is heavy and roofs and other surfaces may be slippery, all of the abovementioned actions should only be performed by able-bodied adults. Protective headgear and eye protection is recommended.
    Power OutagesWhen snow is wet and heavy, there is always a potential for downed power lines. Be prepared.
  • Have an emergency kit, flashlights and battery-operated radio ready and accessible. Fully charge your cell phone, other electronic devices, and rechargeable batteries.
  • Disconnect appliances and other electrical items that will automatically go on when service is restored. Power surges can cause significant mechanical damage.
  • If you have a telephone system that requires electricity, such as a cordless phone or answering machine, plan for alternate communication. Have a standard telephone handset or fully-charged cell phone as a back up.
  • Fill a bathtub or other large basin with water if you are on a well and a heavy storm is predicted. The water can be used for washing or flushing toilets.

During a Power Outage

  • If you have a refrigerator/freezer on premises, try not to open the doors. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold enough for a few hours. A freezer that is half full will hold for up to 24 hours; a full freezer will hold for 48 hours.
  • Try not to use candles, but if you do use them, please use extra caution.
  • If your heat goes out during a storm, close the door of rooms you do not need and dress in layers. If you need to use an alternate heating source such as a kerosene heater, fireplace or wood stove, be sure to have adequate ventilation to the outside. Without ventilation, carbon monoxide fumes can build up in your home and cause sickness or death. Never use a natural gas or propane stove or oven to heat your home.
  • Disconnect appliances, equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out. Power surges can damage equipment such as computers, and motors in appliances like the air conditioner, refrigerator, washer or heating system, when power comes back on.
  • If the outage is prolonged and the weather is cold, open faucets to a steady drip so pipes do not freeze.

In the Event of Injury or Damage

If you need immediate assistance with a claim, please call Kent Wilkins at 617-746-5743, or contact a disaster restoration specialist. For recommended specialists, please see our website:


School safety and security is a top priority for all of us in the Archdiocese of Boston.

The Catholic Schools Office, the Office of Risk Management and the Office of General Counsel are committed to helping you continue to provide safe and secure schools.  Beginning this December, we are introducing a new Enhanced Safety and Security Program that will have three primary components:

1. Comprehensive and informative seminars to provide information on the types of aggressive situations, including bullying

2. Tools and techniques for the early identification of potentially violent situations and high-risk students

3. A planning and response template that can be tailored by each school to their specific needs and circumstances

The tools, techniques and templates will be presented at a series of regional seminars: December 2, 2010, February 10, 2011, and February 15, 2011. We are inviting all Catholic school principals or their designees to attend one of these regional seminars. We assume you will want to attend the session nearest to your school. 

For more details and to register, go to: 


Disciples in Mission

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Archdiocese of Boston

The mission of the Archdiocese is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Pastoral Planning is the process we use to make preparations to carry out that work. Pastoral Planning is a critical tool in helping us understand our task today and work together to manage the resources available to meet the needs of the people of God. Needed at all times, it is particularly important as we cope with demographic and other major changes.

This website,, will provide you with the tips and tools you need to start or reinvigorate planning and pastoral decision-making in your parish. It will also provide insight into the steps needed for collaboration and cooperation with other parishes. It is designed to be used by parish staffs and councils, as well as other Archdiocesan offices and institutions.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley has called us to develop a “culture of planning” in the Archdiocese, so that we can become more effective evangelizers of God’s Good News.

The Archdiocese of Boston continues to evolve. We are a Church on the move, faithful and resilient. We look forward to God’s gracious future.

Please join us in the effort of pastoral planning.

Transformed in Love

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Marriage Prep Program

Helping couples build a loving marriage in today's culture.


Message from the Cardinal

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Publication With Respect to Archdiocesan Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Child Click here to view the Archdiocese of Boston’s Publication With Respect to Its Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Child. 

Pastoral Center Information

Pastoral Center Information

Snow Phone Line – (617) 746-5991; Telephone: 617-254-0100, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184-3839
 Office/Staff Directory
Bethany Chapel
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Pastoral Center Gift Shop 

It is the goal of the Pastoral Center to remain open during inclement weather unless travel conditions make it hazardous to get to work. In the event the offices are closed or there is a delay in opening, an announcement will be sent out via the IRIS system. In addition, notice will be recorded on the Snow Phone Line – NEW! (617) 746‐5991 – no later than 6:00 am.
Last updated: 1/5/11