Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy

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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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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Who Is Saint Angela de Merici

»Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Archdiocese of Boston, Local Parish, Ordinary Time, Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy, St Angela's | Comments Off

Who Is Saint Angela de Merici

This month of January - on January 27, we’ll celebrate the feast day of our Patron Saint: St. Angela Merici. Angela Merici or Angela de Merici was an Italian religious leader and is a saint.  She died on 27 January 1540 and was canonized on 24 May 1807 in Rome by Pope Pius VII.  In 1969, Pope Paul VI moved the celebration of her Feast Day, ranked as a Memorial of St. Angela Merici, to her of death day on 27 January. Angela Merici founded the Order of Ursulines in 1535 in Brescia, Italy for the education of girls and the care of the sick and needy. The Patron Saint of the Ursulines is Saint Ursula. The Ursulines Sisters owned and operated Ursuline Academy, an independent High School day college preparatory for young women in grades 7 to 12. Ursuline...

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Fr. Joy receives Robert Ruffin Award

»Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Archdiocese of Boston, Local Parish, Ordinary Time, Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy, St Angela's, St Matthew's | Comments Off

Fr. Joy receives Robert Ruffin Award

Father Joy receives the Archdiocese of Boston’s Robert Leo Ruffin Award last November 2013 at The 20th annual Bishop James Augustine Healy Awards Dinner‘. Brief Biography: C. 1857 – 1934, Robert Leo Ruffin, a prominent Black Catholic from Boston, was one of the main supporters of the first Black Catholic Congress held in Washington, D. C. in 1889.  Mr. Ruffin led the Boston delegation to this Congress and was the spokesman at their historic meeting with President Grover Cleveland at the White House.  As a dedicated Black Catholic, Robert Leo Ruffin exemplified the participation of Black laity in the Catholic Church which continues to this day. Robert Leo Ruffin Award Criteria.  The Robert Leo Ruffin Award is presented to an individual who: Has...

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Cardinal Seán’s Christmas Message

»Posted by on Dec 25, 2013 in Archdiocese of Boston, Christmas, Local Parish, LocalParish, Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy, St Angela's, St Matthew's, St. Gregory's, Young Adults Ministry, Youth/Teens Ministry | Comments Off

Cardinal Seán’s Christmas Message

Archbishop Seán Cardinal O’Malley has recorded a Christmas message which was played by Vatican Radio on Christmas Day throughout the world. We bring it to you here as well, in both web text and audio format. Click the play button below to listen.   “Christmas is the center of our history. We calculate the date from Jesus’ Birth 2013 years ago. For nonbelievers it is the year of the Common Era, but for us Catholics it must be unashamedly 2013 AD, anno Domini, the Year of the Lord. If we truly celebrate Christmas we will understand that God so loved the world that He sent us Jesus to be with us always, to be the Lord of History and the King of Hearts. Christmas is about God’s love breaking into our world, a flash of light in a darkened sky. The...

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Youth Christmas Show, St. Matthew’s

»Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Advent, Archdiocese of Boston, Christmas, Confirmation, First Communion, Holy Matrimony, Local Parish, LocalParish, Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy, St Angela's, St Matthew's, St. Gregory's, Young Adults Ministry, Youth/Teens Ministry | Comments Off

Youth Christmas Show, St. Matthew’s

Annual Youth Christmas Show 2013 on Sunday Dec 22, 2013 at St. Matthew’s Church/Parish Hall at 4PM – Entrance via church parking lot, behind the rectory. St. Matthew’s Parish Dorchester together with ‘St. Matthew’s Les Etoiles De Marie‘ and ‘ St. Angela’s Echo Des Jeunes‘ and Elizabeth (Zazu) Bernard invite you to the 2013 Annual Youth Christmas Show at St. Matthew’s Parish When: Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 4PM Where: St. Matthew’s Church Hall, Dorchester – Entrance from Church Parking lot — — Greetings Everyone!! For those of you who are not aware, I just wanted to inform you that on Sunday December 22, 2013 the youth of St. Matthew’s and St. Angela’s Church along with a...

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