Upon my return from Rome on Friday (10/26), I met with all the Boston seminarians and Father Paul Soper at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. We prayed a holy hour, vespers and dinner. Father Soper made a presentation on pastoral planning and the New Evangelization. We had a dialogue with the seminarians, which was very interesting
Mass in Peabody
Later that day (10/27), I went to Peabody for a Mass at St. Adelaide's to close the 50th anniversary celebration there. We blessed a picture of St. Adelaide. The music program was beautiful. They had several musicians playing trumpets to accompany the choir. It is a very lively parish with lots of young families, and I was happy to be a part of their celebration.
Blessing in Somerville
On Sunday (10/28), we went to St. Ann's in Somerville for the blessing of a new handicap accessible entrance and elevator and the moving of a tower bell. They had renovated the church just beautifully. The Mass was trilingual for the Haitian and Latin American communities. They had wonderful choirs singing Spanish, English and Creole French. Father Brian McHugh has done an extraordinary job in the parish there. The church looks stunning. It was very, very crowded. The singing was just beautiful.
Sunday was also the day that I addressed all of the parishes through video or audio, giving a homily. The Sunday Gospel was the story of Bartimaeus, a blind beggar in Jericho, and I related that to the physician assisted suicide Ballot Question 2. At St. Ann's, of course, I said the homily live.
Visit with Armenian Catholic bishop
Monday (10/29), of course, Hurricane Sandy hit. Armenians are not deterred by wind and rain like postmen of yore. So, I met the new Armenian Catholic bishop of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Nareg, Bishop Mikael Antoine Mouradian, who was ordained around one year ago. With him was the Armenian Catholic pastor, Father Rafael Andonian and Michael Charchaflian, who is studying to become a permanent deacon.
'Partnership for Success' dinner