Christmas arrives, and a church is born in Natick

The Rev. Ian Mevorach led congregants in a rendition of “Silent Night” during the inaugural service Monday.


Christmas Eve was the first official service for the Common Street Community Church, which had held eight weeks of informal gatherings.

Mary Ann Milano-Picardi and Joe Milano, co-owners of Ye Olde Union Oyster House in Boston, presented William Connolly with a $5,000 check for Globe Santa.

Globe Santa

Globe Santa, friends bring joy to many

This year, 49,147 children across 189 Mass. cities and towns will open Christmas gifts from Globe Santa, thanks to thousands of heartfelt donations.

Robbie Parker carried his daughter, Madeline, 4, following funeral services for his 6-year old daughter Emilie Parker, a victim in the Newtown shootings.


The crucial act of forgiveness

Christmas marks the birth of Jesus, who taught the importance of obtaining forgiveness for our sins — and of forgiving each other. But the roots of forgiveness are universal.

Greg Reynolds served with the Army in Iraq but lost his arm in a horrific motorcycle accident in Swansea that left him suicidal.

‘Wounded Warrior’ soldiers on, touching lives

Army veteran Greg Reynolds lost his arm in a horrific motorcycle accident. Now he inspires other wounded veterans by playing softball with the Wounded Warriors.

Loose panels removed from Callahan Tunnel

A state highway crew removed 117 loose panels from the walls of the tunnel, following an emergency inspection after a panel fell into the roadway late last week.

Romario Accime and Jill Medvedow received an award on behalf of the ICA from Michelle Obama at the White House.


Student travels a rough road to White House

The story of 18-year-old Romario Accime is about poverty and chance, and it involves a public school that wouldn’t let him sink, and a rarefied museum.

Robert Moldenhauer, 14, getting his dialysis treatment at Children’s Hospital in the run up to Christmas.

Kevin Cullen

Family looking for a place to stay

The Christmas story is essentially about a road trip, about a family finding themselves with no place to stay. That’s where the Moldenhauers are right now.

Panera Cares Community Cafe, a nonprofit outpost of the national bakery and sandwich chain, is set to open in Boston in January.

Panera Cares, nonprofit outpost of chain, to open soon

There are no prices at the Panera Cares Community Cafe near ­Government Center — just suggested donations and bins to leave money, if you can afford to.