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Do not “be overcome by evil”

»Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in LocalParish, Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy, St Angela's, St Matthew's | Comments Off

Originally posted last year as “Do not “be overcome by evil” – Pope Francis and other church leaders say“. Now updated! Our Pastor – Rev. Father William P. Joy – is deeply sadden by yesterday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon near the finish line, which caused the death of three (3) people and seriously injured more than a hundred  (140+) others. He offers his prayers for the families affected by this tragedy, our city of Boston, our country and the whole world; and asks both parishes – St. Matthew’s Dorchester and St. Angela’s Mattapan – and our all church ministries to pray for healing and for peace in our parishes, city, the country and the whole world. Yesterday, our Cardinal Sean P....

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Annual Boston Catholic Family Festival

»Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Archdiocese of Boston, Easter, Liturgical Season, Local Parish, LocalParish, St Angela's, St Matthew's, St. Gregory's, Young Adults Ministry, Youth/Teens Ministry | Comments Off

Annual Boston Catholic Family Festival

The Catholic Family Festival gathers the wide variety of cultures in the Archdiocese of Boston – more than 30 of these cultures – for a day of praying together and experiencing the many expressions of particular cultures, including food, music, dancing, and worship. On Wednesday 11 March 2014, Fr. Michael Harrington, director of the office of cultural diversity; Janet Benestad, secretary for the new evangelization; and Karm Syndia Agustin, a parishioner of our parish (St. Angela’s Parish, Mattapan), join Scot Landry and Fr. Chris O’Connor to discuss the festival and how it gathers families from all backgrounds to pray together as one. - The Good Catholic Life:  Original article and Radio Show Click to listen to the show...

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[Creole] “Louvri Je Sou Nesesite Lòt!”

»Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Christmas, Local Parish, St Angela's, St Matthew's | Comments Off

[Creole] “Louvri Je Sou Nesesite Lòt!”

By Father Jean Gabriel Charles, Parochial Vicar at St. Matthew’s Parish, Dorchester, MA (Haitian Creole) Lè w gen anpil richès enpi ou gen kouraj vire je gade sila yo ki pa gen anyen menm nan pou lonje yon men sekourab ba yo, sa vle di: nan kè w, ou gen anpil renmen.  Si w pa gen richès enpi ou gen kouraj pataje lepe ke w genyen avèk lòt yo, ou deja chita sou tab Bondye nan Wayom syèl la. Jezi di nou, jijman syèl la ap pote sou fason ou te pataje sa w genyen avèk frè w. “Mwen te grangou, ou te ban m manje.” Elize, nèg pa Bondye a, montre nou sa yo rele: gade je ouvè sou nesesite lòt yo. Lè w bay pòv, Bondye miltipliye sa w bay la san (100) fwa pi plis. Ak 20 pen lòj, yo nouri yon bann moun ki te grangou. Se sèlman ak 5 pen lòj e 2 ti...

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Annual Kujenga Youth Retreat 2014

»Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Archdiocese of Boston, Confirmation, Local Parish, LocalParish, Ordinary Time, St Angela's, St Matthew's, Young Adults Ministry, Youth/Teens Ministry | Comments Off

Annual Kujenga Youth Retreat 2014

Kujenga-Viongozi are the Swahili words that mean, “to build leadership“. This Annual Youth Retreat is hosted by the Archdiocese of Boston – Office of Cultural Diversity Office for Black Catholics. The purpose of Kujenga-Viongozi is to develop leadership skills among youth and young adults in the Black Catholic tradition, with Jesus-Christ at the center of their lives. It is a weekend retreat that is targeted toward youth and young adults (and adults who serve as mentors) who want to share their gifts and talents, explore the leadership seeds God has planted in them and go deeper in their leadership role in the church. Mark your calendar and start planning for the 2014 Kujenga Catholic Youth Leadership Retreat week-end from 5:00 p.m. Friday 1st...

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The Need for Solitude

»Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Archdiocese of Boston, Ordinary Time | Comments Off

Someone noted wisely:  “Somewhere we know that without a lonely place, our lives are in danger.” ‘The Need for Solitude‘ – based on the Liturgy of Saturday, February 9, 2013 – posted on the same day. Re-posted. Updated. In today’s Gospel, Jesus said to The Twelve: “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” – Mark 6v31 Jesus was not referring to loneliness when He addresses them in these terms after they’ve returned from their mission.  They were urging a temporary departure from others in order to have the essential quiet space for a healthy inner life.  I am convinced that Jesus’ invitation came out of his own experience of being immersed in constant activity. People hungered for Jesus’...

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Our Lady of Lourdes

»Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in Archdiocese of Boston, Local Parish, Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy | Comments Off

Our Lady of Lourdes On February 11, 1858, a young French girl went with her sisters to collect firewood. While preparing to wade through the water of a small stream, Bernadette Soubirous heard some gusts of wind but noticed that the trees and bushes did not move. She looked up, and in a nearby grotto saw a woman dressed in white with a blue sash around her waist. No one believed her story, and she was punished for telling tales. In subsequent apparitions, the woman revealed herself as “the Immaculate Conception“. The Lady told Bernadette to dig in the ground and to drink from the spring that would flow. In the next two years, miracles of healing were reported and an official investigation by the church concluded in 1860 that Mary had appeared to...

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