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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 6, 2015 Page 3 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: Website: 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-GAZETTE P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Dormanmm Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 119 - No. 6 Friday, February 6, 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. GUEST EDIT( )RIAL FOOTBALLS, BREAD AND CIRCUSES? by Sal Giarratani After such a mild winter up through late January, suddenly we find ourselves buried in the white stuff. In a seven day period, the Boston area was hit with 40 inches of snow. Now I hear that more is on the way as of this past Wednesday's latest weather forecast. Where will we put it? Our streets and sidewalks are a mess, the exception being a few main streets throughout Boston neighborhoods. Side streets are nearly impassable. People have been digging out every day but so much more is left on the ground. Many folks are hTitated with the job that the City of Boston, in particular Mayor Marty Walsh, is doing in regards to the removal of snow. If you asked folks in Dorchester, Charlestown, East Boston, etc how to grade City Hall on this storm, most folks would give a response of a D, at best. Not a good grade. Many are longing for Mayor Tom Menino, who was always great during winter storms like the recent 1-2 punch. Say what you will about Tom, but he got the job done and quickly. The city's response during the Menino Administra- tion usually garnered high marks. So, given the state of our neighborhoods and the anger out in the streets, I couldn't understand the need for.a Patriots Super Bowl Parade in Downtown Boston this past Wednes- day. Reportedly thousands showed up to cheer the Pats on their victory and the streets lining the parade route looked virtually pristine, unlike most of the streets in Boston where it is still difficult for emergency vehicles to navigate safely. I am so glad the New England Patriots silenced all their foes out there, starting with the Seahawks, and not forgetting ESPN and many within the national media who seem to have it out for them. There is no denying my joy in this victory. However, the idea by Mayor Walsh to hold a Super Bowl Parade for our football team at this particular time wasn't an appropriate one. Why all the effort to put the weather aside to wave at football players on duck boats? We need to prioritize our efforts. Honoring the Patriots was a great idea but not when the city's plows should have been dealing with neighborhood snow removal. We could have held a great parade and rally come this summer just before the Pats opened their training camp next season. The fans could have been out cheering their team without freezing and without causing traffic gridlocks. Instead of thou- sands, the crowds would have been much larger and would have been rooting the Pats towards a fifth Super Bowl victory. The reality is to make Boston a livable city for all. Snow removal throughout the entire city should have been the pri- ority, as opposed to making a few streets along the parade route manageable. I believe that most who call themselves Bostonians as well as football fans would agree. Saint Paul Miki & Companions by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Three of the best- known martyrs of Nagasaki, Japan are Saints Paul Miki, John of Goto, and James Kisai. Though none were priests, all were associated with the Jesuits: Paul Miki was train- ing for the priest- hood, while Kisai was a lay brother and John of "Goto was a catechist preparing to enter the Jesuits. Paul was the son of a wealthy military leader, he was born at Tounucumada, Japan in 1562. As a result of his family's conver- sion to Catholicism, Paul was educated at the Jesuit college of Anziquiama. He joined the Jesuits in 1580, and became known for his eloquent preaching. In 1593, Franciscan missionaries came to Japan from the Phil- ippines by order of Spain's King Philip II. They gave themselves zealously to evange- lism, but their presence disturbed a delicate balance that existed between the Church and Japanese authorities. Suspicion against Catho- lic missionaries grew when a Spanish ship seized off the Japanese coast and was found to be carrying artillery. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a pow- erful imperial minister, re- sponded by sentencing 26 Catholics to death. The group was comprised of three native Jesuits, six foreign Franciscans, and lay Catholics. SentencecI to die by crucifixion and lanc- ing, they were first marched 600 miles to the City of Nagasaki. During the journey, they underwent public torture meant to terrorize other Japanese believ- ers in Christ. But all of the 26 held out cou- rageously, even singing the hymn of praise Te Deum when they arrived at the hill where they would be crucified. Paul Miki offered an especially strong witness to his faith during the group's month-long march to Nagasaki, as he joined one of the captive Franciscan priests in preaching to the crowds who came to mock the prisoners. His last act of evangelism took place as he hung on his cross, preaching to the crowds. "The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ," he announced. "I thank God it is for this reason that I die. I believe that I am telling the truth before I die." "After Christ's example, I forgive my persecutors, I do not hate them. I ask God to have pity on all, and I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as a fruitful rain." St. Paul Miki and his 25 companions were stabbed to death with lances on February 5, 1597, at the site that became known as "Martyrs' Hill." Pope Plus IX canonized the Martyrs of Nagasaki in 1862. Their feast day is celebrated on February 5% The Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum and Monument was built on Nishizaka Hill in June 1962 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the canonization of the I Christians executed on the site on February 5, 1597. ! AT THE DON ORIONE HOME ] Join the Don Orione Home on Thursday, entered into a drawing for a prize and bring February 12, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 pm cash for the 50/50 raffle! i for their Annual Valentine's Day Social with live entertainment by Enzo Amara. Mr. Amara will be crooning the tunes so be sure to wear your dancing shoes! Light refreshments will be served. Wear red to be The Don Orione Home is located at 111 Orient Avenue, East Boston, Massachusetts. For further information, please contact Andrea Cali at 617-569-2100 or by e-mail at SAVE THE DATE SUNDAY, MAY 31,2015 LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. * This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication, Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS HIGH SCHOOL 70th Year Anniversary 1945 - 2015 Christopher Columbus High School Class of 1957 will be sponsoring a commemorative Mass at St. Leonard Church in the North End on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm followed by an informal gathering after Mass in the church hall. Coffee and pastries will be served. All graduating classes of CHRISTO- PHER COLUMBUS HIGH SCHOOL, JULIE BILLIART and guests are invited. If you have contact with your classmates please notify them. Further information can be obtained by contacting Arthur Lauretano ('57) at or 617-293-6173 or Nino Dilanni ('57) at or 508-904-2420. Detailed information will be provided prior to this event. In 2010, Christopher Columbus High School celebrated the 65th anniversary with approximately 200 people.