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What are you looking for?

There are so many levels on which this direct question speaks. One might reply, “My keys, my cell phone, a good restaurant, State Street, a good job.” And again, the question evokes a deeper response that addresses one’s inner longing: “A sense of security, peace in my home and marriage, health and healing,” and maybe something like, “A greater sense of purpose in my life … friendship and love”.

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Future of the faith in Latin America

Next week, we will take up the Collection for the Church in Latin America. Your generosity to the collection is invaluable to the future of the faith in this region. Your donations will fund catechesis, marriage and family life programs, and seminarian formation. Please give with a joyful and generous heart. Please support programs like these and give generously in next week’s collection. (usccb.org/nationalcollections)

Rebuilt and reborn: Haiti five years later

Teacher Maniela Dorcelus speaks with a student at Notre Dame du Saint Esprit Catholic School in Hinche municipality. Catholic Relief Services is supporting education programs in Haiti by training and certifying local school teachers. (Photo by Oscar Leiva/Silverlight for CRS)

Some nations have a history of getting the short end of the stick. Haiti was nearly extinguished by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in January 2010, and when the tremors subsided, it was still the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere. Yet five years later, Haitians are in a far better position to find wellness and prosperity.

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A vocation group for women

Fiat! is a discernment group for women who are considering a vocation to religious life. Our next meeting will be on Wed., Jan. 28 from 7–9 p.m. at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 573 Washington St., Newton. The topic for January is Secular Institutes and Third Orders. If you are interested in attending, please respond to Sr. Marian Batho, CSJ, at Sr_Marian_Batho@rcab.org or 617-746-5637.

Adopt a poinsettia!

We still have some lovely Christmas flowers in Church that were left over from the holidays. You are welcome to come after Mass and adopt a poinsettia!

Join a Reflection Group!

Sign up for a Reflection Group today!

This Lent, explore the Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments as guides for Christian living. Participants will reflect on freedom and responsibility, Catholic Social Teaching, how to form one’s conscience and live a virtuous life, and how to make good moral decisions.

Reflection groups will meet once a week for six weeks. Attendance every week is not required. A variety of groups are forming on different days in the hope of accommodating your schedule. Sign up will begin next weekend, January 24-25.

For more information, please contact Sr. Nancy at 617-242-4664 or ncitro@stmarystcatherine.org.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

61st Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes: U.S. National Rosary, June 28-July 7

Accommodating pilgrims with special needs and disabilities

Accompanied by a medical staff, clergy, and volunteers to assist the needs of the pilgrims. For details, contact Fr. Joseph Allen, O.P. at allenop@opfriars.org or (877) 276-7279.

lourdespilgrimageoffice@comcast.net and lourdes-pilgrimage.com

The deadline for reservations is March 25

The Spiritual Work of Gratitude

To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives-the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections-that requires hard spiritual work. Still, we are only truly grateful people when we can say thank you to all that has brought us to the present moment. As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fullness of our beings as a gift of God to be grateful for.

Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God.

by Henri Nouwen

The Dreamer

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned a community of goodwill and understanding that “does not begin by discriminating between worthy and unworthy people … It begins by loving others for their sakes.” Let us thank God for the leadership and vision of Martin Luther King Jr. who incorporated Gospel values in the non-violent struggle for equality, justice, freedom and peace for all human beings.

Join us for Mass at 9:00 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena Chapel on Mon., Jan. 19. (The Parish Center will be closed that day.)

To be Baptized

During the past year, we have celebrated the Baptism of 66 children. In the days of our parents, I am not sure how the arrangements were made. I do know there was the belief that the Baptism had to happen soon, and often the practice was that the child should not even be taken out of the house until Baptism.  In our time, the custom of not taking the child out until baptism has waned, however parents’ desire to have their child baptized has not.

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