As I shared with you last week, after the Christmas events here in the archdiocese, I spent some time in Florida visiting my family. On New Year's Eve I returned to Boston to celebrate Mass at St. Leonard's Church in the North End. Each year I have a custom of ending the old year and beginning the New Year in prayer with the Mass. In Boston, those Masses have been associated with the pro-life movement and the promotion of the Gospel of Life in our midst. This year, we had the holy hour directed by Father Matt Williams, with rosary and benediction, followed by confessions, and then followed by the Eucharist. The Boston fireworks were going off as I finished my homily; it was a dramatic way to finish a homily -- with fireworks! We had a large number of people. Afterwards, we served sandwiches and coffee in the parish hall. It was a beautiful way to begin the New Year, asking God's blessing upon us, and encouraging people to become involved in the Church's promotion of life. This is particularly important as we begin this year in which we will be facing the issue of physician-assisted suicide, that we ask people's prayers to help them once again to respond to the demands of the Gospel of Life.
Mass with Haitian community