Public Health Committee announces hearing date for Physician Assisted Suicide legislation

The Committee on Public Health has announced the public hearing for the latest iteration of the Physician Assisted Suicide legislation, "An Act affirming a terminally ill patient's right to aid in dying."  The bill, designated House Bill 1991, will be heard by the Committee on October 27th, 2015.  You can read the bill here.  To read more about the Catholic Church's opposition to Physician Assisted Suicide, please click here. 

Death with Real Dignity Convention to be held in Worcester

The Death with Real Dignity Convention on Physician Assisted Suicide will be held this fall on October 17, 2015 at Assumption College.  Featured speakers include Bishop Robert J. McManus, DD, STD and Father Myles Sheehan, SJ, MD, Provincial of the New England Provice for the Society of Jesus.  For more information, please visit or download this flyer

U.S. Bishops To Meet June 10-12 in St. Louis, Hear Presentations on Synod, Family, Strategic Plan, Encyclical Themes

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for their annual Spring General Assembly, June 10-12, in St. Louis. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, USCCB president, will present a summary to the bishops on the consultation of U.S. dioceses for the 2015 Synod on the Family. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., will give an update on the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, which Pope Francis will attend on his September Apostolic Journey to the United States.

Massachusetts Bishops Release Statement on the Death Penalty

Today the Massachusetts Bishops have released a statement on the death penalty.  You may read the statement here. 

Catholic School Advocates lobby at State House

Nearly 400 Catholic school supporters from all four Massachusetts dioceses traveled to the statehouse to lobby for greater access to state support. The Advocacy Day, organized by Parents Alliance for Catholic Education and held on March 11, afforded Catholic school students a civics lesson as well as the opportunity to advocate for themselves.

Pro-Life Mass to Honor Witnesses

Individuals who have shown heroic witness to the intrinsic value of each human life, will be honored at the annual Mass for Life, celebrated by Bishop McManus March 25 at 10 a.m. in St. Paul Cathedral.

The liturgy will celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, a feast day with special theological significance for the pro-life cause, since it celebrates the moment when God the Son assumed human nature in Mary’s womb. 

Cardinal Supportive of Congressional Efforts

Cardinal Sean has signed a letter urging Congress to rescind both the District of Columbia's Reproductive Health Discrimination Amendment Act and the Human Rights Amendment Act.  You can read the letter here.

Cardinal O’Malley Welcomes House Passage of ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’

Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, welcomed passage of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015” (H.R. 7) by the U.S. House of Representatives. “By passing this legislation, the House has taken a decisive step toward respect for unborn human life, reflecting the will of the American people,” he said. 


Thousands to Pray for End to Abortion at National Prayer Vigil for Life Marking 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON—Over 10,000 pilgrims, many of them youth from schools around the nation, are expected to gather in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to pray for an end to abortion at the Opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life, Wednesday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m., the eve of the annual March for Life. The vigil coincides with the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v.

Cardinal Sean's Statement on Bishop Coyne's Appointment

“We give thanks to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for having named the Most Rev.