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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 2, 2015 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: postgazette@aol.com Website: www.BostonPostGazette.com Subscriptions in the United States $35.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZE'ITE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 119 - No. 1 Friday, January 2, 2015 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. Saint John Neumann Painting of Saint John Neumann done by Bennett Molinari. Saint John was born in Prachatitz Bohemia (now the Czech lepublic) on March 28, 1811. He studied theol- ogy in the seminary of Budweis. By the time he was twenty-four, he had learned six languages. His goal was to be ordained to the priest- hood. His bishop, however, had decided that there would be no more ordinations for the time being, as Bohemia had a large number of priests. Zealous for the missionary life and to lead souls to Christ, he decided to leave his homeland to dedicate himself to the European im- migrants in America, who were deprived of spiritual support. He had learned En- glish by working in a factory with English-speaking work- ers. He then wrote to bish- ops in America, the Bishop of New York responded to his petition. Neumann was ordained a priest June 25, 1836 at Old St. Patrick's Cathedral by the bishop of New York. His par- ish in western New York stretched from Lake Ontario to Pennsylvania. He was one of 36 priests for 200,000 people. John spent most of his time traveling from vil- lage to village, climbing mountains to visit the sick, staying in garrets and cel-. ebrating Mass at kitchen tables. Because of the work and the isolation of his parish, by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari John longed for community and so joined the Redemp- torists, a congregation of priests and brothers dedi- cated to helping the poor and most abandoned. He was appointed bishop of Philadelphia in 1852. As bishop, he was the first to organize a diocesan Catho- lic school system. A founder of Catholic education in this country, he increased the number of Catholic schools in his diocese from two to 100. John never lost his love and concern for the people. On one visit to a rural par- ish, the parish priest picked him up in a manure wagon. Seated on a plank stretched over the wagon's contents, John joked, "Have you ever seen such an entourage for a bishop?" The ability to learn lan- guages that had brought him to America led him to learn Spanish, French, Ital- ian, and Dutch so he could hear confessions in at least six languages. When Irish immigration started, he learned Gaelic so well that one Irish woman re- marked, "Isn't it grand that we have an Irish bishopF Once on a visit to Germany, he came back to the house he was staying in soaked by rain. When his host sug- gested he change his shoes, John remarked, "The only way I could change my shoes is by putting the left one on the right foot and the right one on the left foot. This is the only pair I own." On January 5, 1860, at the age of 49, he died suddenly of a heart attack on a Phila- delphia street. Neumann was beatified on October 13, 1963, and canonized on June 19, 1977 by Pope Paul VI. In the homily on the occasion of Neumann's can- onization, Pope Paul stated "He was close to the sick, he loved to be with the poor, he was a friend of sinners, and now he is the glory of all emigrants." St. John Neumann is invoked as a patron of sick children and of immigrants. Santa 12isits ag'orth 300irehouse by Sal Giarratani Awaiting Santa's Arrival Santa climbing up the ladder on his way to the roof, Little "Penny" wearing her then down the fire pole m which is not to be confused hoodie with Sal G wearing a with the North Pole. ridiculous Santa hat. On Sunday, December 14  Santa Claus was all over the North End. He flew in by helicopter to be ifi the an- nual North End Christmas Parade and then onto the St. Agrippina Society's an- nual Christmas Party for the kids. Santa was back again just in time for the annual Christmas Party at the North End Firehouse where all the kids from Ladder 1 and Engine 8 were having lots of fun. About 2:15 pm, Ladder I raced down Hanover Street with lights and sirens. Standing at the tiller's spot was jolly old St. Nick. The ladder was raised to the roof of the firehouse so Santa could climb up and take the Fire pole down to all the kids waiting for him inside. Santa really must love the North End, I hear he is ac- tually Italian or maybe Sicil- ian, but it depends on who you talk to. Italian Films at the North End Branch Library Wednesday, January 7 at 6:00 PM Francesco, giullare di Dio (The Flowers of St. Francis) 1950 Drama/Biography 87 rain. The film traces the life of St. Francis, from his embracing of religion to his efforts to establish a harmonious middle ground be- tween life and spirituality. Wednesday, January 14 at 6:00 PM Il Bidone (The Swindle) 1955 92 min A trio of con-men lead by a lonesome swindler must deal with their job and family pressures. Wednesday, January 21 at 6:00 PM Terraferma 2011 lh 28m An Italian fisherman and his family be- come caught between the law of the land and the law of the sea when he helps a group of illegal immigrants stranded on an over- burdened raft. Wednesday, January 28 at 6:00 PM Cesare deve morire (Caesar Must Die) 2012 77 rain Inmates at a high-security prison in Rome prepare for a public performance of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." Eastie Residents Held Successful Coat Drive for the Italian Home for Children Albano who spent his child- hood there and Mayor Tho- mas Menino who often sup- ported the charity. Recently, East Boston resi- dents held a coat drive for the Italian Home for Chil- dren in honor of Anthony The coat drive gathered approximately 100 coats, hats, gloves and scarves for the many children they serve. Among the volun- teers who helped run the coat drive were Anthony Albano, Jr., his fiance Kelly Antz, Debra Cave, Adrian Madaro, Lauren Bond and Liana LaMattina. The volun- teers extended a special thanks to Cara Real and Mariam Ortiz Clooney of the Italian Home for Children for helping to make the event a success, as well as Alix Hallahan for promoting the event at City Hall. The coat drive continued with Susan Menino Fenton at her home on December 27 th, which was also Mayor Menino's birthday.