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Cardinal Seán shares his reflections & experiences.

Archive for 2013/10/25


Thanking our Appeal donors

Hello and welcome!

On Thursday I was pleased to attend Mary Immaculate Health Care’s 2013 Evening of Sharing and Caring.

I was asked to give the keynote talk.IMG_0227

This is an institution that was founded by the Grey Nuns and a number of them were there. The Sisters were honored for 140 years of service to the City of Lawrence. IMG_0130

During the evening, they honored Bridget Shaheen, who is the executive director of Lazarus House, which is a facility for homeless people.IMG_0109

With Gerard Foley, the president of Mary Immaculate Health Care and Bridget Shaheen

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On Friday I was visited by Msgr. Paul Tighe, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, who was in Boston to attend the Catholic New Media Conference that was hosted this year at the Pastoral Center.Tighe

Msgr. Tighe’s dicastery is in charge of the Vatican’s Internet and social media initiatives, including the Holy Father’s Twitter account, the news website www.news.va and they even have a Pope app!

He gave the keynote at the conference the next day.7L3C1242.JPG7L3C1257.JPG

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That evening, we had the White Mass and dinner for the Guild of Saint Luke, the organization of Catholic physicians, at St. John’s seminary. Doctor John Baravecchio is the new president of the Guild. Past-president Doctor Helen Jackson is still very involved, but she now serves as treasurer.

We were very happy to be joined by many medical students for the gathering.

Mother Olga Yaqob delivered the evening’s keynote address, talking about her experiences in Baghdad during the conflicts there. They also presented the Guild’s St. Martin de Porres Award to Father George Salzmann, the Harvard Graduate and Professional schools chaplain.

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Saturday morning we had our annual Altar Server Appreciation Mass. Among the awards given where the Pope John Paul II and the Blessed Mother Teresa awards for outstanding service.

In my homily, I told them how much being an altar server had been an important part of my life and I thanked them for the service that they are giving to the Church, witnessing to their faith by being a part of this mission.

It is always a very beautiful event. Afterwards, they had make-your-own ice cream sundaes for the young people next door at Cathedral High School.

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Then in the afternoon, I joined in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of St. Martha Parish in Plainville.

At the end of Mass the pastor, Father Bill Schmidt, told me that a young boy in the parish had asked him what he was going to give the Cardinal. And Father Schmidt asked him, “Do you think we should give him something?” And the boy answered, “Well, we did when he came for the 50th anniversary.” So Father Schmidt asked him what gift the parish gave me and the boy said, “We gave him the keys to the city, and I presented them!” He apparently even had a picture of himself as a young lad presenting me the keys to the city.

Well, this time they didn’t give me the keys to the city, but they did give me a present of some locally produced books.

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The following day, I went to St. John’s in Quincy to join them for the celebration of their 150th anniversary. It is a very beautiful and historic church. Father Robert Cullen is the pastor there.005017

There were many priests with connections to the parish who joined us for the celebration.031

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In the afternoon, I celebrated a Mass in the lower church of the Cathedral to thank our Catholic Appeal donors and volunteers.Catholic Appeal Appreciation Mass, celebrated Oct. 20, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. 
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Catholic Appeal Appreciation Mass, celebrated Oct. 20, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. 
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Catholic Appeal Appreciation Mass, celebrated Oct. 20, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. 
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Catholic Appeal Appreciation Mass, celebrated Oct. 20, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. 
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After the Mass, I had a chance to greet the guests and there were remarks by Bishop Deeley and myself followed by a time for questions and answers.Catholic Appeal Appreciation Mass, celebrated Oct. 20, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. 
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Catholic Appeal Appreciation Mass, celebrated Oct. 20, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. 
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Catholic Appeal Appreciation Mass, celebrated Oct. 20, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. 
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Catholic Appeal Appreciation Mass, celebrated Oct. 20, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. 
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Catholic Appeal Appreciation Mass, celebrated Oct. 20, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. 
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

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Recently I have been holding gatherings of all the seminarians by class. So, that evening I met with nine 4th year theology students from St. John’s Seminary for Vespers and dinner at the Cathedral. These are the men who are scheduled to become deacons in January.

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Tuesday we had the board meeting of St. John’s Seminary which was held the new Presentation Lecture Hall and Library. At the meeting Msgr. Moroney presented this beautiful film about life in the seminary and I want to share with you here:

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That evening, I attended the St. Andrews Dinner for young men considering a vocation to the priesthood at St. Mary’s in Hanover. Seminarians John Guinan and Chris Boyle gave talks on their vocation stories. Both seminarians are from the parish, so it was particularly nice. The pastor, Father Chris Hickey also addressed the men.

We had a Vespers service beforehand and Chinese food for the guys afterwards. We were very encouraged by the nice turnout of over 50 men.

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Wednesday, I attended the Mass and celebration for the awarding of the Lynch Scholarships at Our Lady Help of Christians in Newton. The Lynch Scholars are picked from each of the elementary schools served by the Inner City Scholarship Fund._DSC3425

We were happy to be joined by Peter Lynch himself for the event.

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That night, I gathered with the Order of Malta for Mass followed by a dinner.21031023Malta_gm07121031023Malta_gm09121031023Malta_gm062

Msgr. Moroney was the evening’s speaker.21031023Malta_gm269

21031023Malta_gm263At the dinner, Sheila and Joe Feitelberg received the Bishop Fitzpatrick Award for outstanding service to and advancing the mission of the Order of Malta. Joe and Sheila are very generous in serving the community in so many different ways and have a long association with the Order of Malta.21031023Malta_gm311

With Order of Malta area chair Damien DeVasto and Sheila and Joe Feitelberg

That evening the order also provided grants to organizations for their work including Lawrence Catholic Academy, where the Order of Malta has helped underwrite a pre-school program. Father Paul O’Brien accepted the donation on behalf of the academy.21031023Malta_gm277-2

It was a lovely evening and I was pleased to be part of it.

Until next week,

Cardinal Seán