Social Justice

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13th Annual Archdiocesan Convention: "Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future" 

Sunday, Nov. 13, 2021 from 10 am-12:30 pm

Please join us to hear the clarion call from our Global Spiritual Leader, Pope Francis - who helps us focus on what is most important in our lives after a very challenging year. We are now survivors. We are believers called to action by the Holy Spirit through a conversation with our Keynote Speaker, Austen Ivereigh, on behalf of Pope Francis. We invite you to celebrate Mass, listen to our other speakers and ponder what practical actions you can take to build a better future. 

DR AUSTEN IVEREIGH is author of two biographies of Pope Francis: The Great Reformer. Francis and the making of a radical pope (2014) and Wounded Shepherd. Pope Francis and his struggle to convert the Catholic Church (2019). During the coronavirus lockdown in 2020 he collaborated with Pope Francis on his vision for a post-Covid world: Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future.

• Mass celebrated by Cardinal Seán O’Malley (Homilist) with Rev. Phong Q. Pham, Pastor of Blessed Andrew Phú Yên, as concelebrant

• Commentary by Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, Secretary of Health and Social Services, Archdiocese of Boston, following Keynote Speech

• Reflection: “Lessons from a Pandemic: what and how we can do better as a community of faith” by MC Sullivan, RN MTS JD, Chief Healthcare Ethicist, Archdiocese of Boston

• Archdiocesan Social Justice Ministry Update by Patricia Dinneen, Chair

• Actions: examples from Parishes and Social Justice Organizations about practical actions you can take for building a better future. 

Follow this link to register: Registration (

Find out more about this conference here: JusticeConvocation_SaveTheDate_Nov-13-2021.pdf

In his Gospel, John writes: 

“So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Master, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.” Jesus said to him, “Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed, for he is clean all over; so you are clean, but not all.” For he knew who would betray him; for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.” So when he had washed their feet [and] put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do. Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.”

At the Blues Hill Collaborative there are a growing number of ways our parishioners “wash the feet of others.” Some of the ministries include:

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