By - 7/21/14 - 10:57 am
Saint's procession passes a bank in the North End

Joe Harrington watched the St. Rocco procession on Hanover Street yesterday.

Copyright Joe Harrington. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 4/1/14 - 2:25 pm
"As a comms person myself, I can really appreciate a good PR campaign, and the best I’ve seen in a long time is the new effort by U.S. right-wing evangelicals to completely whitewash their own history of involvement with Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality law."

By - 3/24/14 - 8:06 am

MassLive reports on plans to move the tiny Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel from Northern Avenue to space next to the Children's Museum, to make way for Yet Another Mega-Development.

By - 2/14/14 - 8:56 am
Old and new UU logos

From old to new.

The Unitarian Universalist Association, based in Boston, today unveiled a new logo, as part of an overall branding strategy (yes, of course churches these days have branding strategies):

Our new logo, for many, will be the first introduction to who we are. It’s meant to entice a person to learn more. And it’s doing just that. Our random testing groups of UUs and non-UUs

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By - 2/8/14 - 10:11 am

So there's this church on College Avenue in Somerville (quick, which one?) that rarely shovels. Somebody taped a thesis to the door.

Via this Boston Reddit discussion.... Read more

By - 2/3/14 - 1:08 pm

Father Tim Schenk at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Hingham could contain his feelings no more: He just cannot abide the nautilus that now tops the Cathedral Church of St. Paul on Tremont Street:

The nautilus is supposed to be a metaphor for spiritual growth, based on an Oliver Wendell Holmes’ poem titled The Chambered Nautilus. I actually don’t mind

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By - 1/16/14 - 11:31 pm

Jim Martinho explains:

I'm the Content Manager at, and I also write a weekly email newsletter previewing upcoming events. A lot of the events on our calendar are user-submitted, and when I saw a listing for a performance of Mozart's Requiem at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sunday, it seemed pretty innocent -- classical music, in a church, commemorating JFK's legacy?

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By - 1/12/14 - 8:52 am

Design for windows for the Chapel of the Psalmist, Forest Hills Cemetery. See it larger.

The Boston Public Library has posted hundreds of photos of studies and work orders for stained-glass windows in churches, synagogues and cemeteries by the studio of Charles J. Connick in the mid-20th century.

Executed in watercolor and gouache, these studies provide critical insight into the nature and range of an artist’s working process, as well as a valuable glimpse of the artist’s own hand,

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By - 1/6/14 - 10:15 pm

Anthony Clark says that for the past year, he's gotten repeated calls from a Utah company that sells Mormon religious DVDs and that its computers keep calling him even though he's asked the company to knock it off.

Yesterday, Clark filed a federal lawsuit against Living Scriptures of Ogden, UT, demanding the company get its "automated telephone dialer system" to stop calling him -... Read more

By - 12/11/13 - 5:12 pm

An annoyed citizen in Brighton is slowly losing his or her mind due to music being played at the Lady of Fatima Shrine off Washington Street:

Unnecessary and unreasonable noise pollution emanating from loudspeakers mounted to exterior of Lady of Fatima Shrine building on a regular basis. Music is frequently audible from inside of residence over 300 feet away. Music plays on a daily

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By - 11/27/13 - 7:40 am

WBUR reports on the record-setting price for the Puritan-produced book.

By - 11/24/13 - 12:34 pm

The Globe reports on the apology by a Christian student group that had posted an essay, allegedly by a Jewish convert to Christianity, about how his former co-religionists really suck and, yeah, the Holocaust was part of God's plan.

In the apology, the Christian Ichtus writes:

The writer holds nothing but love for his heritage and feels very deeply for the welfare of

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By - 9/30/13 - 1:20 pm
Playing the sax on Blue Hill Avenue

Thousands flocked to Blue Hill Avenue yesterday afternoon for Circle the City, in which the street was shut for four hours to celebrate a walking, playing city.

Among them was Jed Hresko, who reports that Roy Owens, perpetual political candidate and elder of the Walthall Chapel Church of God in Christ, who was very put out that the event meant no parking for... Read more

By - 8/19/13 - 12:18 pm

Flying angel in the North EndVictoria Bono flies over the crowd. Photo by Greg Cook.

North End feasts always have a heavy statue of the weekend's saint hoisted around the neighborhood by boisterous, singing, brawny men. The Fisherman's Feast adds girls dressed as... Read more

By - 8/12/13 - 10:23 am

Mass. Moments reminds us today is the anniversary of the burning of the Ursuline Convent in Charlestown by "an unruly, drunken mob of laborers, sailors, apprentices, and hoodlums." The convent burned to the ground because the local firefighters, all Protestant, refused to respond.

Riot on Broad Street.

Fire and Roses: The Burning of the Charlestown Convent, 1834.... Read more

By - 8/5/13 - 9:16 am

Megan Johnson didn't have to go far for the Feat of St. Agrippina, it was right outside her window. She wonders why the processions always include a rendition of "Deep in the Heart of Texas." has more photos along with a brief bio of St. Agrippina.... Read more

By - 7/1/13 - 7:06 pm

A minister at the Park Street Church resigned last week, two days after Brookline Police arrested him for allegedly "peering" into a neighbor's bedroom window after the neighbor's girlfriend had gotten out of the shower.

In a letter to church members, Senior Minister Gordon Hugenberger wrote:

On Tuesday, June 25, Park Street Church received a letter of resignation from John Chung, former Minister of Missions,

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By - 7/1/13 - 6:44 pm

The Bay State Banner reports on the admission by the Rev. Gregory Groover amidst the continuing legal battle between his Charles Street AME church and OneUnited Bank, which wants to foreclose on it.

Groover is also a member of the School Committee, which he chaired until last year. The story fails to note that Banner owner Mel Miller sits on the bank's board of... Read more

By - 7/1/13 - 11:50 am

St. Peter procession, Gloucester

Greg Cook spent time this weekend in Gloucester for the annual St. Peter fiesta, which featured a procession through town and, of course, the greasy-pole competition, in which men, some dressed in tutus, tried to race or shimmy down a... Read more

By - 6/5/13 - 2:13 pm

Boston Police report somebody stole an air-conditioning compressor from a storefront church in Codman Square at 12:48 a.m. on Tuesday - and tried to make off with a second compressor as well.

Police say they know the exact time of the theft because Freedom in Christ Ministry, 653 Washington St., had a surveillance camera running at the time.... Read more