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BRAINTREE, MA: Cardinal Seán O’Malley and Superintendent Kathy Mears shared a message via video to Catholic school communities in anticipation of Catholic Schools Week, which is January 27–February 2.
In the video, Cardinal Seán said, “What a wonderful gift Catholic schools are, to our church and to our society. We are so grateful to everyone who is involved in the schools…. Today we want to celebrate with great joy our Catholic schools and encourage everyone to promote Catholic education throughout the Archdiocese.”
Superintendent Kathy Mears said, “We are so grateful to you for entrusting your children to us, and for the teachers who work hard with them every day. And we thank you, because we know that with their catholic education, they will go further with faith.”
There are 112 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston, which educate 34,056 students from more than 190 towns. To learn more about Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston, visit www.csoboston.com.
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CAMBRIDGE, MA, JANUARY 22, 2019 – SAINT PAUL’S CHOIR SCHOOL (SPCS) in Harvard Square recently announced two international tours, highlighting the global exposure that is a standard component of an SPCS education.
Following up on their 2018 tour to Montreal, SPCS students this year will share their renowned musical talents with audiences in Mexico City and Shanghai. In addition to performing in majestic venues, the boys will “learn on location” as they visit sites of historic, cultural and religious significance.
“Saint Paul’s Choir School integrates rigorous academic and music programs with life-transforming experiences,” said Dr. Thomas Haferd, Head of School. “These include singing at Fenway Park and performing with professional ensembles such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Moreover, the boys regularly go on tour to share their uniquely beautiful music with international audiences, while encountering some of the world’s most magnificent destinations.”
SPCS’s Mexico City tour will take place during Easter Week 2019. The trip will include singing at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world. There the choir will see the miraculous image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was imprinted on the cloak, or tilma, of St. Juan Diego in the 16th century. The five-day tour will also include singing Mass at local churches with peer boys choirs from Mexico City. While in the area, the boys will take part in a guided visit to the Pyramids of Teotihuacán and receive passes for the trajineras de Xochimilco, the famous canal boats in historic southeastern part of the city.
During their visit to the Shanghai area, the Choristers will attend a choral festival celebrating the life and legacy of a renowned Chinese visual artist. The sponsors, who are covering all costs of the trip, selected Saint Paul’s Choir School as a representative of the kind of historic music tradition that is now being taken up in this part of China. In addition to directing the Choristers, Music Director John Robinson will give a tutorial on developing boys’ voices for choral directors attending the festival. The choir will also sing a Mass in Shanghai.
Singing at Mass is second nature to Saint Paul’s Choir School students, whose voices uplift liturgies at Saint Paul Church five times a week. Their repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant and polyphony through music of the Romantic era and the 20th century. In recent years the Saint Paul’s Choristers have recorded via AimHigher with Decca and Sony Classical, and have performed with the Boston Pops and the Vienna Boys Choir. Soloists from the choir have appeared with the Harvard Glee Club and the Boston Lyric Opera.
All Choristers attend Saint Paul’s Choir School, which combines musical education with a classical academic experience, in the great cathedral school tradition. Founded in 1963, the school provides boys in grades 3-8 a “community of camaraderie and high expectations” where they “build the habits of mind and heart to rise to all of life’s demands and thrive in a world characterized by constant change.” Upon graduation, boys are actively recruited by leading secondary schools.
For more information, visit www.saintpaulschoirschool.us
Dr. Thomas Haferd, Head of School
Saint Paul’s Choir School
29 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Recently North Shore schools in the Archdiocese of Boston gathered in anticipation of Catholic Schools Week, which is January 27–February 2. Each year all North Shore Catholic schools are invited to meet at one school to create a collaborative ½-page advertisement that goes into North Shore newspapers. The ad includes a photo of selected students and the names of all the schools with open house information for Catholic Schools Week and the spring semester.
Principals recruit two students from their school for the photo, and each year the photo is taken in a different parish or school. This year the photo was taken at St. Pius V School in Lynn.
The North Shore schools have done this for approximately 10 years. It began with the North Shore principals in the elementary schools and expanded to include St. Mary's High School in Lynn and Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody about five years ago.
Since then, Cecile McCarthy, from the advancement office at Bishop Fenwick, and Maureen Kelleher, principal of St. John the Baptist in Peabody, facilitate this joint effort. Maureen Kelleher said, “We feel that our schools are stronger together. Collectively, we are sharing the great news, opportunities and achievements of what Catholic education means to our students. We are able to share that message to a larger audience more effectively with our shared resources.”
She continued, “Many families who visit our school mention that they have seen the ad, which runs in the Lynn Item and the Salem News. We feel it is worth our investment and that it is one of the reasons that families seek out our schools.”
Schools participating in this year’s collaboration are:
Saint Pius V School, Lynn
Saint Mary High School, Lynn
Bishop Fenwick High School, Peabody
Saint John the Baptist School, Peabody
The Saints Academy, Beverly
St. Mary School, Danvers
Our Lady of Assumption School, Lynnfield
Sacred Heart School, Lynn
Immaculate Conception School, Revere
A Lowell Catholic team of 10 students spent 8 days in the Dominican Republic over their holiday break this winter. The annual trip to the Hogar Immanuel Orphanage and Mustard Seed Communities allows students the opportunity to not only practice their world language skills, but to give back to the community through service learning. This year the team set a goal to raise $4,000 in order to cover the expenses of one month of food for all 48 residents at the orphanage. They far surpassed their expected fundraising goals and ended up raising $6,000. With this money, the team was able to stimulate the local economy and buy food and diapers for the residents. After the food and necessities were purchased, the team proceeded to buy three small bikes as an extra treat for the children.
To read more about the Lowell Catholic Dominican Republic Service Trip experience, check out the blog: https://lchsdr2018.blogspot.com/?m=1 If you would like to learn more about Lowell Catholic, contact the Admissions Office at email@example.com.
MEDFORD, MA: St. Raphael Parish School in Medford is hosting a presentation from Franciscan Children’s Hospital Mental Health Education Program on children’s mental health wellness on Wednesday, January 23, and invites parents and guardians from the public and Metro North Region Catholic Schools to attend. This program is part of the Kids Healthy Minds Initiative, which is a robust mental health awareness and community education program that is held in partnership with the Archdiocese of Boston.
This partnership was developed to help children who are showing early signs of mental illness. The Kids Healthy Minds Initiative goals are threefold: Increase community awareness about the youth mental health crisis; teach people about the early warning signs of pediatric mental illness; and decrease the stigma and misconceptions surrounding mental illness and its treatment.
Early action is essential. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 youth living in the U.S. have a mental health diagnosis; 50 percent of psychiatric disorders begin by age 14; and 50 percent of those 14 and older living with a mental illness drop out of high school.
Mark Bedrosian, principal of St. Raphael School, is hosting the event for the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic schools in the Metro North Region. He said, "The Kids Healthy Minds Initiative collaboration is an amazing opportunity for families in our school communities to understand the importance of mental health and wellness, know that there are services available that are aligned with Catholic Mission and Identity, and remove the stigma associated with mental health maintenance and wellness. We appreciate the support made available through this collaboration and will make sure all of our families are aware that the wellness of our students is our priority."
The partnership between the Archdiocese of Boston and Franciscan Children’s Hospital officially began October 2018. At the time, Cardinal Seán O’Malley said, “We are at a crossroads as a society in addressing the mental health crisis gripping our communities here and across our nation.”
He continued, “The Archdiocese of Boston is pleased to have the opportunity to work with Franciscan’s Children’s in this initiative. Working with our parishes and schools, we are going to reach as many young people and families as possible to educate them with the information and support to save lives and provide hope.”
Franciscan Children’s Hospital Mental Health Education Program Manager Patricia Coffey will present services available for children through their partnership with the Archdiocese of Boston. The free event is Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Center 1st Floor Conference Room, at 514 High Street in Medford. All are welcome.
If your parish or school is interested in hosting a presentation of the Kids Healthy Minds Initiative, contact Mental Health Education Program Manager Patricia Coffey, MSW, LICSW, at 617-779-1296.
250 Catholic School Students from the Archdiocese of Boston to Attend March for Life in Washington, DC
On January 17, Catholic school students from the Archdiocese of Boston will begin their journey to attend the March for Life in Washington, DC. Approximately 250 students from 10 schools are participating in the March for Life. Almost 104 students are participating in the Archdiocese’s Witness to Life Pilgrimage, and 145 students from Cardinal Spellman High School are participating in the school’s own program. In addition, 80 additional travelers, including people from parishes, small groups and families, and Archdiocese of Boston staff are participating in the Witness to Life Pilgrimage.
Superintendent Kathy Mears said, “I am happy that so many school communities are participating in Right to Life activities here and in Washington, DC. Their commitment to their faith and social justice is inspiring to many.”
Liz Cotrupi, Director of Family Life & Ecclesial Movements in Office of Lifelong Faith Formation & Parish Support, is the coordinator for the Witness to Life Pilgrimage. “The Office for Lifelong Faith Formation and Parish Support is excited and blessed to be joining our pilgrims with thousands from across the country this Friday, January 19, to ‘witness’ to the dignity of all life from conception to natural death.”
She continued, “We are so thankful that principals and pastors support this pilgrimage through the help of their campus ministers, teachers, youth ministers and volunteers. Our gratitude extends to the parents and guardians of these children for saying ‘yes’ and of course to the youth who will be lending their voice to this incredibly important social justice issue that is the basis for all other causes. If we can't get ‘life’ right, we won't get anything else quite right. Keep us in prayer!”
This year there are two tracks for Witness to Life pilgrims: “24 Hours for Life” and “Stay and Pray.” The 24 Hours for Life is a one-day event. Participants depart by bus Thursday evening and arrive in Washington, DC, on Friday morning in time for Mass with Cardinal Seán O’Malley at Sacred Heart Shrine. Then they walk in the March for Life, and board the bus for home at 4:30pm.
Participants in the “Stay and Pray” track have a longer and more robust experience. These attendees depart early Thursday morning and arrive in Washington, DC, to attend the Life is Very Good Rally Thursday evening. They also attend Mass with Cardinal Seán Friday morning and walk in the March for Life, and Friday evening they convene for Adoration, Confession, and discussion of the March. After Mass Saturday morning and a short period of independent sightseeing, the students board the bus bound for Massachusetts.
Can’t make it to DC? Be a part of the experience by following @RCAB_evangelize on Twitter and Instagram. In addition, follow @CSOBoston on Twitter and Instagram to see tweets and posts from schools that are participating in Right to Life activities.
The schools attending the March for Life in Washington, DC, are:
Arlington Catholic High School, Arlington
BC High, Dorchester
Cardinal Spellman High School, Brockton
Cathedral High School, Boston
Central Catholic High School, Lawrence
Our Lady’s Academy, Waltham
Presentation of Mary Academy, Methuen
Sacred Heart High School, Kingston
St. Joseph Prep, Boston
St. Mary High School, Lynn