A few big events took place around the archdiocese during the past week or so, and though several are covered in The Boston Pilot, we thought we would use this post to highlight a few of them.
1) 2011 Eucharistic Congress in the North End
This was the 4th annual Eucharistic Congress for College Students and Young Adults, held April 1-2 at Sacred Heart Church in the North End. It drew over 400 people. You can read about the talks and substance of the event in The Pilot. What we most wanted to share with you are the beautiful photos of the eucharistic procession throughout the streets of the North End. As The Pilot describes, attendees along with Cardinal O’Malley carried candles and processed with a monstrance blessed by Pope John Paul II through the North End. Here are some of the photos taken by George Martell, hosted on Flikr.
2) Inner-City Scholarship Fund Annual Gala
This year’s Inner-City Scholarship Fund Dinner took place on March 31. The event raised $2.4 million for need-based scholarships to inner-city students to attend area Catholic schools. Here is a photo of Cardinal O’Malley at the event, along with (from left): Tom May, chief executive of NStar, Joseph Tucci, chief executive of EMC Corp., and event chairman Jack Connors Jr.
Coincidentally, the $2.4 M Jack helped raise for scholarships is almost exactly the same amount as the $2.5M the archdiocese gave from closed parish reconfiguration funds to Jack’s Trinity Academy in Brockton instead of using that money to repay obligations to the employee pension fund as previously promised. It is also, coincidentally, about the same amount as the shortfall between the $15 million the Catholic Appeal raised in 2009 vs the amount raised in 2010 by the new fundraising entity Jack and the Chancellor helped put together. That is the entity that is supposed to be “independent and accountable” yet has still not publicly accounted for the 2010 Catholic Appeal or the Catholic Schools Campaign 2010 Initiative months after the campaigns have ended.
BCI was glad see the Sox finally won, and what better time for it than Opening Day at Fenway Park against the New York Yankees!
There were two places that people who work in the Pastoral Center could watch the game. The rank-and-file enthusiastic baseball fans at the Pastoral Center watched the Sox play the Yankees on the big screen in the Pastoral Center Main Auditorium on Friday afternoon at 2:05pm.
If you were a level or two above the rank-and-file, such as Chancellor Jim McDonough, you would have enjoyed the opening day game wearing a red sweater from the comfort of the luxury box at Fenway Park. We hope Jim enjoyed the game, and that the time out of the office watching the ballgame did not too badly interrupt his efforts to sit down and finally write that darned cover letter for the archdiocese’s 2010 annual report. Even Peter Meade’s dog knows the annual report has been done for a while now, and people are wondering if will take until June again to recycle last year’s cover letter and plug in the 2010 numbers so the report can be released.