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Annual Diaconate Community Memorial Mass

Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 4:00 PM, the Boston Diaconate Community will gather to remember our deceased brothers and sisters who have been called home to the Lord.  You are cordially invited to this liturgy of remembrance.  which will take place in Bethany Chapel, here at the Pastoral Center in Braintree.

We will be remembering in a special way those members of the Diaconate Community who died during this past year.  During the liturgy, a Candle Lighting Service of Remembrance will take place.  A spouse or family member will be called on to light a candle in memory of the following members of our community.

DEACON WILLIAM J. MC CARTY, '94, who passed to the Lord on October 20, 2017

CLAIRE CAVANAUGH, (wife of Deacon Michael J. Cavanaugh, "00), who passed to the Lord on October 26, 2018

DEACON CYRIL T. O'NEIL, '90, who passed to the Lord on November 14, 2017

DEACON RAYMOND C. WELLBANK, '07, who passed to the Lord on December 9, 2017

DEACON PAUL LEAVITT,  who passed to the Lord on January 18, 2018

DEACON CARLOS SIMON VALENTIN, '14, who passed to the Lord on April 9, 2018

MAUREEN MC LAUGHLIN (widow of Deacon Richard McLaughlin), who passed to the Lord on March 22, 2018

DEACON FRANCIS X. HEFFERNAN, '76, who passed to the Lord on April 21, 2018

DEACON CHARLES M. BUBELLO, "00, who passed to the Lord on May 5, 2018

DEACON DANIEL A. DUNN, '80, who passed to the Lord on June 28, 2018

DEACOIN GUY J. SPIRI, '83, who passed to the Lord on July 6, 2018

DEACON PAUL A. LEWIS, '06, who passed to the Lord on September 29, 2018

ANN D. MCHUGH, (wife of Deacon John W. McHugh, '92) who passed to the Lord on October 2, 2018

All Deacons and wives who died in previous years will also be remembered.  We hope to keep alive the memory of all Deacons and wives of the Archdiocese who have given unselfish service to God and the Church of Boston.  We look forward to seeing you at the liturgy and at a time of fellowship  and refreshments following the Mass.

Updated procedure for obtaining a Letter of Good Standing

From time to time, Deacons of the Archdiocese of Boston may be requested to assist and/or preach at weddings, baptisms, funerals and other liturgical events outside the Archdiocese of Boston.  In those cases it is required by the bishop of the diocese in which the deacon hopes to minister that a "Letter of Good Standing"  be provided to him or his delegate certifying that the deacon is indeed in good standing within his own (Arch)diocese.

In certain instances, dioceses may also require a "Statement of Suitability for Ministry" which is a certification that the deacon is of good character and reputation and qualified to perform his Diaconal duties in an effective and suitable manner.

A new procedural system for obtaining these credentials is now in place.  You may start a request for a Letter of Good Standing at:   bostonprovinceministry.org


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