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Lenten Retreat on CatholicTV
Cardinal Seán O’Malley has led a virtual Lenten retreat this week on The CatholicTV Network. Each night has featured a talk from the Cardinal, meditate on a passage from Scripture, and included relevant reflection questions.

New Roma Downey Film Debuts for Easter

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She and her husband Mark Burnett produced the Emmy® nominated miniseries ‘The Bible’ for History Channel, which was watched by over 100 million people in the US alone. They also produced ‘Son of God’ the feature film that stunned the box office when it became the 2nd highest faith movie opening of all time. In 2017, Roma headlined the Archdiocese of Boston ninth annual Celebration of the Priesthood in support of the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust.
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During a year in which the majority of Dorchester’s children have attended school through a computer screen, Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy has offered in-person learning since September. Seven months after opening, the program appears to have avoided community transmission of Covid-19 on its three campuses with close to 1,000 students in all.
With the steady rollout of vaccines and declining numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations, the archdiocese is beginning to loosen protocols for Mass and other parish activities.

In an announcement released March 17, the archdiocese said parishes may now employ a "simplified" form of social distancing: they can use every other pew and have people of different households sit apart with double arm's length between them.
As a follow-up to last fall's Social Justice Convocation, which focused on issues of racial justice, the Social Justice Ministry held a virtual workshop on March 13 to examine "Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love -- A Pastoral Letter Against Racism," published by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Over 350 people registered for the webinar, which began with an opening prayer and remarks offered by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, a longtime supporter of the Social Justice Ministry, who has often spoken out against racism.
After a year of pandemic restrictions and virtual gatherings, many have adjusted to a new way of parish life. But what will the Church look like after the pandemic has passed?

That question was taken up in a webinar entitled "The Church After the Pandemic," hosted by the Theological Institute of the New Evangelization on March 16.

The online event consisted of a conversation between Father Paul Soper, archdiocesan secretary for evangelization and discipleship, and Dan Cellucci, the CEO of the Catholic Leadership Institute, who has spent the last 10 years studying the practices and beliefs of weekly Mass attendees.
Pope Francis has added a Chilean clergy abuse survivor known for vocally criticizing Catholic Church officials over their mishandling of abuse cases as a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Juan Carlos Cruz will join 15 of the other previous members of the commission, whose terms were all renewed for one year. Cardinal O'Malley would remain as president but Msgr. Robert Oliver, a Boston priest who had headed up the commission's Vatican office, "will be completing his service."
It was recently announced that the Catholic Cemetery Association of the Archdiocese of Boston (CCA) is making its records, spanning 1833 to 1940, and cemetery maps available online. This has encouraged us to better understand cemeteries and cemetery associations in the archdiocese, and so this week's column provides a brief history of the CCA.
A new report on the state of Catholic education throughout the world says the COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the existence of Catholic schools, even though they have greatly expanded in recent decades.

The article includes a mention of the Archdiocese of Boston: "Some jurisdictions have held their own, however. After an initial drop in enrollment, schools of the Archdiocese of Boston saw a rebound, fueled by parents who were frustrated by the public schools’ inability or unwillingness to reopen."
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