Support assistance and outreach for parish communities


→Racial Recovery & Spiritual Sobriety; Multiple Pathways→

  “New research from Barna shows that in the past year, there is actually a significant increase in the percentage of practicing Christians who say race is “not at all” a problem in the U.S. (19%, up from 11% in 2019). Black adults remain much more likely than White adults to say the country has a race problem.” Read More Here at UniteBoston, we’re seeking to change this reality and to inspire a movement across churches to increase awareness and action towards racial justice in Boston. We have been inspired this week by a powerful prayer liturgy of lament and repentance written by Pastor Justin Ruddy from Resurrection Church in East Boston – It provides language to the groans of lamentation that many of us have felt these past few months. While many Western Christian communities overlook the practice of lament and move straight to triumphalism, the Bible teaches clearly about the value of lament as a form of worship. This liturgy could be used within your personal prayer time or within a community group or congregational worship service. The prayer liturgy states:   “We grieve, renounce, and repent of the ways that we and our siblings in Christ  have been complicit in white supremacy, racism, nationalism, and all ideologies that stand in opposition to your kingdom, your justice, and your shalom. In our lust for power, we have abandoned and defiled the gospel of your cross-bearing love. In our appetite for empire, we have committed the sin of partiality, exalting wealth, celebrity, and security over our calling to costly generosity, meekness, and self-sacrifice.” Full Prayer Liturgy

If you or a loved one are in need of help in combating the disease of addiction, please see our Resources for Healing tab


The Massachusetts Organization of Addiction Recovery (MOAR) Presented the “Western MA Addiction Policy and COVID-19 Forum” on May 13th,2020.

Though the forum is over, you can view the forum on the

MOAR website.


Support is still available to those in need despite the restrictions on social gathering in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak.
We encourage all in need at this time – and those whose meetings have been temporarily suspended – to visit the following resources to find online meetings, phone meetings and even online chat functions to maintain support in recovery.

-CopeCode Challenge

Social distancing is important in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but staying home is not always fun or easy. During these stressful times, it is more important than ever to take care of ourselves and those around us. CopeCode Club is a campaign that supports Boston youth in identifying healthy ways to cope with feelings that stressful situations like the COVID-19 response produce. Over the next several weeks, you will be invited to join others across the city in practicing positive coping skills from the comfort of your own home. Check out the challenge here!

SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
continues to offer its National Help Line for any in need of help! A great resource to find available services, especially during these difficult times.
SAMHSA National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
or find treatments online!

Other Helpful Online Recovery Tools:

Never Alone Again – Online AA Meetings/Downtown Boston Groups – online meeting 24/7 – find online/phone meetings  – online meetings for narcotics recovery

Prevention, protection and safety for those in recovery during COVID-19

COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

What people with a substance use disorder need to know about COVID-19

Addiction Policy Forum’s additional advised precautions for those in recovery

Read the latest newsletter from the Office of Risk Management on the Addiction Epidemic

Sunday during Lent 2020 (temporarily suspended due to health concerns)
5pm Mass for Hope and Healing
St. Joseph Parish, Boston
Mass and prayer service for those struggling with addiction and their loved ones.

News Feed:

COVID-19:Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders
NIH, April 6, 2020

Liturgy Series focuses on addiction recovery
Jaqueline Tetrault, Boston Pilot, 08/24/2018

Archdiocese hosts addiction recovery workshop
Mark Labbe, Boston Pilot, 11/3/2017

Brookline parish forum explores opiate crises
Mark Labbe, Boston Pilot, 3/11/2016