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As you may be aware, it is the policy of the Archdiocese of Boston that all clergy, all parish staff and all volunteers (age 17 and above) are required to have an annual background check (CORI). Background screening is a tool the Church uses to secure the safety of our children, youth, elderly, and the disabled. Carrying out background checks on those who minister to our most vulnerable populations enables us to live up to our commitment and responsibility to provide a safe environment for those we serve. All CORI forms must be verified, in person, using a government issued photographic form of identification (driver’s license, passport, military ID, etc.).

You can bring your completed form to the Parish Office during regular business hours from now until February 20th (Monday-Friday; 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.). You can also bring your completed form to be verified after any of the Masses the weekend of February 7th/8th (in the parish office). All forms must be turned in prior to February 20th. New volunteers can fill out a form by stopping in at the Parish Office or at the “CORI” weekend.

We appreciate the cooperation of all those required to complete the annual CORI and we particularly thank you for keeping the pledge to protect those among us who are most vulnerable.

Riccardo Gemelli
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Altar Service Opportunities
Male Catholics are invited to consider serving on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis at Cathedral liturgies, particularly at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Sundays. Training will be provided. Please contact Reverend Kevin O'Leary, Rector, at 617.542.5682. Or, stop by the sacristy following the Sunday 11:30 a.m. Mass.
“Those Who Sing, Pray Twice”
... Choir Members Wanted
If you’re blessed with a
pleasant singing voice, consider
using it to glorify the Lord!
The acclaimed Cathedral Choir
rehearses two Thursday
evenings per month, with
warm-up rehearsals on Sunday
mornings before the 11:30 a.m.
Mass (usually at 10:15 a.m. in
the choir room). Prior
experience in singing with a
choir is helpful. Contact
Cathedral Music Director Leo
Abbott at 617.542.5682 or
email him at
Proclaim the Word of the Lord
Interested in becoming a Cathedral lector? Please contact Reverend Kevin O’Leary, Rector, or Pastoral Associate Robert Travers at 617.542.5682. Training will be provided.

There is no greater event we can offer you than the Celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Click here to see the schedule. 

Join us as we celebrate the 139th anniversary of the dedication of our E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings Organ!

The Cathedral's  historic organ was dedicated on February 23, 1876, and it was the largest pipe organ built in the United States at that time. This concert commemorates the organ dedication. This year's performers includes seven artists from the Boston area: Leo Abbott, Brink Bush, Carson Cooman, Peter Krasinski, Juan Mesa, Rosalind Mohnsen, and Rodger Vine.

Don't miss the opportunity to hear these fine artists performing on this magnificent instrument. the concert is free, but donations to the Cathedral Organ Restoration Fund may be made at the door. There is a ramp for the physically challenged at the Union Park St. entrance.

On Tuesday, February 3, the memorial of St. Blaise, blessing of throats will be conferred after all the Masses on that date and on the weekend of January 31st/February 1st.

The custom began in the 16th century, although Blaise lived in the fourth century. He was the bishop of Sebaste in Armenia who, according to legend, saved the life of a boy who was choking on a fish bone. He is now the patron saint of all who have diseases of the throat. Join us and receive a blessing of your throat as a sign of God’s care for his people.


Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday. The Ash Wednesday Mass schedule is as follows:

9:00 AM | English - Blessed Sacrament Chapel
12:10 PM | English - Blessed Sacrament Chapel
3:00 PM | Scripture Service - Blessed Sacrament Chapel
6:15 PM | English - Blessed Sacrament Chapel
7:15 PM | Spanish - Blessed Sacrament Chapel
7:30 PM | Extraordinary Form - Latin - Our Lady’s Chapel (Lower Church)

The blessing and distribution of Ashes will be take place during each Mass.  The collection on this day will assist the Church in Africa, Central, and Eastern Europe.
Are you a Catholic who hasn’t yet received the Sacraments of First Communion and/or Confirmation? An unbaptized adult? An adult baptized in another Christian tradition? Then do consider taking the RCIA journey! The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a period of formation by which we walk together on a journey of faith to help us understand and appreciate Catholic beliefs, values, and traditions. Interested? Call the Cathedral office — 617.542.5682 — or give your name and contact information to any of our priests. May God continue to bless you!