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llz, t,,h,l, ht ,1,, 1, hJ,h [l,l,th,,,ll,,,,llt, j,I ,I,l T TI ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS TTE LJ (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) 1 VOL. 116 - NO. 8 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, FEBRUARY 24, 2012 $.30 A COPY History of East Boston Chamber of Commerce Elects New President by Fr. William Saunders i What are the origins of Lent? more; some make their 'day' Did the Church always have last 40 hours on end. Such this time before Easter? variation in the observance ; Lent is a special time of did not originate in our own i prayer, penance, sacrifice day, but very much earlier,. ': and good works in prepara- in the time of our forefa:i :tion of the celebrabon of Eas- thers'(iusebius, His'tory of ter. In the desire to renew the Church, V, 24). When the liturgical practices of the Rufinus translated this pas- Church, The Constitution on sage from Greek into Latin, the Sacred Liturgy of Vatican the punctuation made be- Council II stated, "The two tween "40" and "hours" elements which are espe- made the meaning to appear cially characteristic of Lent to be "40 days, twenty-four -- the recalling of baptism or hours a day." The impor- the preparation for it, and tance of the passage, never- penance -- should be given theless, remains that since greater emphasis in the lit- the time of "our forefathers" urgy and in liturgical -- always an expression for catechesis. It is by means of the apostles -- a 40-day pe- them that the Church pre- riod of Lenten preparation pares the faithful for the cel- existed. However, the actual ebration of Easter, while practices and duration of Cappuccio who served for the they hear God's word more Lent were still not homog- two year term. Left to right: 2012 EBCC Board of Directors Bob Indresano, Rodrigo Angulo, Joanne Cataldo, Kim Altschul, Immediate Past President Neffo Cappuccio, Phil Giffee, Michael Sulprizio, Sal Amico, Seated: Scott Heiglemann, President Diane Modica and Marisa Michael Sulprizio and Bobby Martin. Continuing their terms are: Sal Amico, Rodrigo Angulo, Robert Indresano and Christopher Pachios. The Chamber thanked outgoing members Joe Zirpolo, Franz Israel and frequently and devote more time to prayer" (no. 109). The word Lent itself is de- rived from the Anglo-Saxon words lencten, meaning "Spring," and lenctentid, which literally means not only "Springtide" but also was the word for "March," the month in which the majority of Lent falls. Since the earliest times of the Church, there is evi- dence of some kind of Lenten preparation for Easter. For instance, St. Irenaeus (d. 203) wrote to Pope St. Victor I, commenting on the cel- ebration of Easter and the differences between prac- tices in the East and the West: "The dispute is not only about the day, but also about the actual character of the fast. Some think that they ought to fast for one day, some for two, others for still enous throughout the Church. Lent becomes more regu- larized after the legalization of Christianity in A.D. 313. The Council of Nicea (325), in its disciplinary canons, noted that two provincial synods should be held each year, "one before the 40 days of Lent." St. Athanasius (d. 373) in this "Festal Letters" implored his congregation to make a 40-day fast prior to the more intense fasting of Holy Week. St. Cyril of Jerusalem (d. 386) in his Catechectical Lectures, which are the paradigm for our cur- rent RCIA programs, had 18 pre-baptismal instructions given to the catechumens during Lent. St. Cyril of Al- exandria (d. 444) in his se- ries of "Festal Letters" also (ContinueI on Page 4) Joining Diane as officers are: First Vice President Pat Todisco, Ill; Second Vice President Marisa DiPietro; Third Vice President Scott Heigelmann; Treasurer Kim Altschul and Secretary Joanna Cataldo. The three new additions as board of directors are: Phil Giffee, (Continued on Page 9) DiPietro. The East Boston Chamber of Commerce held its an- nual Installation of Officers and Directors for 2012 on February 9 th at Spinelli's. Diane Modica took the Oath of Office to serve as Presi- dent taking over for Neffo Nello Ferrara Led the Sweet Life The real Candy Man, Nello Ferrara, who brought the world Lemonheads and Atomic Fire Balls passed away in the Chicago suburb of River Forest on Feb- ruary 3 at age 93. The Forest Park- based Ferrara Pan Company was started in 1908 and Nello eventually took over the company years later from his father. The company also makes Red Hots and Boston Baked Beans. The current president and CEO for the company is Salvatore Ferrara who said his birth inspired his father to invent Lemonhead candy. According to Sal, his father claimed that when he was born, he came out sideways and his father told him he looked like a lemon head. The Atomic Fire Ball came after Hiroshima where Nello served. The Kennedy Generations Never End Just when you thought there were no more Kennedys to run for elections, out of the box comes young Joe Kennedy 3K. He recently moved a few blocks over from Cambridge into Brookline and the Fourth District. Barney Frank is a smart pol and knew when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em. Last time out, Re- publican Sean Bielat almost beat him. Too close for comfort for Barney's sake. The new Fourth District is quite con- (Continued on Page 8) Ill i  i !7 !  i l[ i