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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 24, 2012 Saint Ethelbert, King of Kent by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Saint Ethelbert, born in 552, was a descendant of the Ger- manic brothers Hengest and Hors who led the Anglo, Saxon and Jutish armies that invaded and conquered the early territo- ries of Britain in the fifth cen- tury. Hengest became the founder of the Kingdom of Kent, England. Nearly a century later, Ethel- bert, at the death of his father, King Eormenric, became King of Kent while still a child in 560. In 577, during the early years of his reign, he attempted but failed to conquer Ceawlin, King of Wessex, had he succeeded, Ethelbert would have achieved overlordship of all of Britain; still he managed to rule most of England south of the Humber River. Ethelbert established Canter- bury as his capital, and upon marrying Bertha who was the daughter of Charibert, King of the Franks, gained in political stature. Bertha was Christian, and although Ethelbert was a pagan he allowed her to practice her faith and gave her the old Roman church of Saint Martin in Canterbury. In 597, Saint Augustine, the Apostle of England, with his Christian missionaries, landed on the Kent coast. They were wel- comed by Ethelbert, despite the fact that he was a pagan. It was shortly after Augustine's landing that Ethelbert, inspired by the ex- ample of his wife Bertha and the faith of Augustine, was baptized on Whitsunday (Pentecost) be- coming the first Christian En- glish King. His conversion to the Christian faith had the effect of having 10,000 of his countrymen follow his example. Ethelbert, became the watchful father of the infant Anglo-Saxon Church and founded the church which in later years would become Can- terbury Cathedral and other churches at Rochester and Can- terbury. Ethelbert as king, was con- stantly concerned to promote the welfare of his people, with this in mind, he issued the first writ- ten laws to the English people (the ninety "Dooms of Ethelbert') in the year 604. As king, Ethelbert worked to establish free and orderly politi- cal institutions. When St. Mellitus had con- verted Saebert, King of the East Saxons, whose capital was London, and proposed to make London the principal see of the English church, Ethelbert, supported by Augustine, successfully resisted the at- tempt, fixing Canterbury see as the metro- politan thus forming the individual charac- ter of the English church. Ethelbert passed away in the year 616 after reigning 56 years, he left three children. Saint Ethelbert's feast day is celebrated on February 24. St. Francis House Once again the North End Friends of Saint Francis Homeless Shelter will be holding their annual fundraiser to help raise much needed funds for the Shelter. The Romano, Scimeca and Carangelo families along with many of their friends in the North End will be holding their annual Bake Sale/Flea Mar- ket and of course Mary Romano's Famous Eggplant Sandwiches. This year's event will be held on Friday, March 16 m from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday March 17 m from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The event will be held at the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street, Boston. Donations of any amount can be mailed to Olivia Scimeca, Annual Fundraiser 21 Cleveland Place, Apt. 5, Boston Massa- chusetts 02113. Cheeks should be made out to St. Francis House. There will be cans to collect spare change in several stores in the neighborhood. We will also be collecting items for our Flea Market. It is a great way to start your spring cleaning! Household items, kitchen items, toys, books, knick knacks, collectables, old costume jewelry, records, tapes, CDs etc., small lamps, cof- fee or end tables etc., are also good. PLEASE NO CLOTHES. For more information you can call John Romano at (617) 880-9901. Items can be dropped off at the Nazzaro Center the week of March 12 th. Boston Water and Sewer Is Coming to Your Neighborhood A Boston Water and Sewer Commission Community Services Department representative will be in your neighborhood at the place, dates, and times listed here. Our representative will be available to: ' Accept payments. (Check or money order only-no cash, please.) ' Process discount forms for senior citizens and disabled people. Resolve billing or service complaints. Review water consumption data for your property. ' Arrange payment plans for delinquent accounts. Need more information? Call the Community Services Department at 617-989-7000. Boston Water and Sewer Commission 980 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 02119+, AL}00 THAT ZAZZ Mary N. DZa=o No Need to Wear Makeup When You'll Be Wearing a Mask for Carnevale ! "Marilyn Ciao Bella, Here is a bit of history of Carnevale in which many participated in this past week! In the year 1162 in Venice the Carnevale of Venice was born. Originat- ing from a victory of the "Repubblica della Aquileia" which was Venice's original home. So, in defeating the Patriarch of Aquileia that year the victory was honored with a festival of dancing and reunions celebrated in San Mark's Square! This annual Carnevale Festival held in Venicei Italy starts 58 days befor6 Easter and ends on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday or Martedi Grasso), the day before Ash Wednesday. Masks, being a tradition of celebration of many sizes and names depending on cov- erage of the face, are worn' at Carnevale. The mask would hide the wearer's identity and social status permitting the wearer to mingle among high society and his peers with no recog- nition. These encounters could be used as personal, Read prior weeks' "All and Mary" criminal or romantic inten- tions. Romantic intentions such as the masked ball in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet! This past weekend ITALIA UNITA of East Boston showed us a taste of CarnevaleI Full screening of actual festival parade in Venice during Carnevale was shown! Danc- ing and traditional music was enjoyed by all. Real and colorful paper machd items were on display! The giant cannoli was my fav! Coffee and drinks were served with. Pignolata (a Sicilian specialty) and Chiacchiere, literally translated into "chatter," "chit chat" or "gos- sip" however is a strip of sweet pastry dough fried and coated with sugar! It was sheer delight as we chatted with all our friends as we enter the solemn Lenten season! Thanks Lisa for all your work! Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America! --Mary DiZazzo-Trumbull That Zazz " columns at Mary is a third-generation cosmetolo- gist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. 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