Monday, March 11, 2013
The conclave is tomorrow, and Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley has emerged as a possibility to be elected the new leader of the Catholic Church.
With the papal conclave to choose the next Pope beginning Tuesday, speculation has grown over the past weeks that one of Boston’s own could become the Catholic Church’s new leader. Cardinal Sean O’Malley could become the new pontiff following Pope Benedict XVI’s Feb. 11 resignation, according to the National Catholic Reporter. Though it is less likely an American would be elected, it’s not impossible, and O’Malley has as good a chance as any Western papal candidate, according to the Reporter. O’Malley, 68, has been lauded for his efforts in the wake of the church’s sex abuse crisis. However, the Reporter points to O’Malley’s wilting in 2004 while the Archdiocese of Boston suffered parish closings, which have indirectly lead to realignment…
Monday, February 11, 2013
The pastor of both Jamaica Plain churches discussed his feelings on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, announced Monday.
With much realignment – including merging and closing parishes locally – the Catholic Church has taken another hit today, as Pope Benedict XVI announced he will resign effective Feb. 28, according to several media outlets. Fr. Carlos Flor, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Thomas Aquinas churches in Jamaica Plain and St. Mary of the Angels parish in Roxbury, said the Catholic Church is losing a great man. “Like any other Catholic of the world I am definitely sad for knowing that the Holy Father’s health is so bad that he can not, according to his own words, continue doing his ministry the way the church needs at this point,” he said in an interview with Jamaica Plain Patch. “We lose a fantastic man who has been a great help for these …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Two parishes in JP and one in Egleston will be grouped together under the plan.
The Archdiocese of Boston has implemented Phase One of a plan to combine city church resources due to waning finances and attendance, and as such, two Jamaica Plain churches and one Egleston Square church will form one of the emerging collaboratives. The collabortive puts JP's two parishes, Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Thomas Aquinas in with Saint Mary of the Angels, which is in Egleston Square just outside of JP, according to an archdiocese statement Thursday. The parishes in a collaborative - of which there will be 12, encompasing a total of 28 parishes for Phase One - will share resources and have fewer staff, according to the statement. The plan was developed in January 2012; there will ultimately be 135 collaboratives.
Friday, December 21, 2012
The church, along with other area churches, will ring its bells at 9:30 a.m.
Today at 9:30 a.m., several around the globe will take part in ceremonial recognition of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which took place last Friday in Newtown, Conn. St. Thomas Aquinas parish will ring its bells at 9:30 a.m. to recognize the victims of the shooting. Also in memory of the victims, this Jamaica Plain resident has organized a package of hearts with messages he will mail to Newtown today. Here is a list of area churches participating in the recognition (provided by the Archdiocese of Boston): St. Mary, Brookline St. Francis de Sales Parish, Charlestown Saint John the Evangelist, Winthrop St. John's in Townsend (and will have a 7pm prayer service Friday) Sacred Hearts, Bradford Gate of Heaven & St. Brigid, South …