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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 15, 2013 Friends of the North End Branch Library Annual Fundraiser a Success by Matt Conti Leaders of the Friends of the North End Library. Prom the left, Terry Pittaro, President Robin Ardito, Vice-President Paula Luccio, Secretary Jim Salini, Phyllis Vitti, Treasurer Donna Wells and Children's Librarian Jennifer Hawes. Snow could not  over 125 Friends of the N0Cth End Branch Library from coming out on Thursday night to support the neighborhood library. This was the 4 th annual fundraiser by the Friends group held at the Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel on March 7, 2013. This year's honoree at the fundraiser was Al Natale for his longtime dedicated support. He and his band have been mainstays at the annual Holiday Open House where he has offered his services for free and donated his pay back to the Friends to continue their works. He has been a loyal patron of the branch and a great supporter of the neighbor- hood. The Friends thank Al for his longstanding friendship with the North End Branch. {AI was unable to travel to the fundraiser to receive his award so an afternoon reception will be scheduled in the near future to present him with his award). Olivia, Karen and Julie, helping the library through raffles: Raffles were popular at the event for themed bas- kets including Family Fun, Bruins/Sports Adventure and Indulgence/Spa. A new donation station, Pick a Star, stood in the corner of the room and many guests selected items that the library staff and Friends were wishing for and made pledges to sponsor those items. INCOME TAX PREPARATION Financial Services Professional Tax Consultant Personal & Business Year Round Service M.P. & Co. TAX & FINANCIAL SERVICES GRACE PREVITE MAGOON, EA 617-569-0175 146 Maverick Street, East Boston, MA 02128 ESTABLISHED IN 1938 e-mail: CELEBRATING 75 YEARS IN BUSINESS f NOBILE INSURANCE ALBANO F. PONTE, CEP Financial and Estate Planning Email Phone 617-320-0022 MICHAEL F. NOBILE, CPCU mnobile @ BOSTON 30 Prince Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-6766 Fax (617) 523-0078 MEDFORD 39 Salem Street Medford, MA 02155 (781) 395-4200 Fax (781) 391-8493 City Councilor Sal LaMattina, Lisa Ayres, Friends President Robin Ardito and State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz The Friends greatly appre- ciate the support of Tim Curry of the Fairmont Bat- tery Wharf. They also would like to thank the Golden Goose for their donation of the cheese and cruditds platter and a gift certificate, Joi Salon and Spa Escape, Body Waves Massage, Urban Adventours, North End Skate Shop and Snack Bar (Fred White), Cocoanuts (Tara Shea), and Vinotecca di Monica's (Jorge and Karen Mendoza) for their generous donations. Jane Connolly and Paula Luccio pulled off organizing the fundraiser with ticket sale help from Joy McDonald and Karen Shea. Current officers of the Friends group are President Robin Ardito, Vice President Paula Luccio, Treasurer Donna Wells and Secretary Jim Salini. For those of you who missed the event, the Pick A Star board will be in place at the library for the near future. If you'd like to direct a donation, stop by and check out the wishes on the board, pick a star and make a pledge. Photographer Michele Morgan on the left as the crowd surrounds the raffle basket table Fundraiser organizers, Paula Luccio and Jane Gorham Connolly, (Photos by Matt Conti) Saint Louise De Marillac by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Saint Louise De Marillac was born out of wedlock near Le Meux in the Picardy re- gion of France on August 12, 1591. She never knew her mother, her father Louis de Marillac, claimed her as his natural daughter yet not his legal heir. Louise grew up amid the wealthy society of Paris, but without a stable home life. When her father married his new wife, Antoinette Le Camus, she refused to accept Louise as part of their family. Nev- ertheless, Louise was cared for and received an excel- lent education at the royal monastery of Poissy near Paris, where her aunt was a Dominican nun. Around the age of fifteen, Louise applied to the Capu- chin nuns in Paris for entry into their community but she was refused admission. Louise was devastated by this refusal and at a loss as to what she should do next to enhanceher spiritual devel- opment. Louise's family con- vinced her that marriage was the best alternative; she married Antoine Le Gras, secretary to Queen Marie de Medici in the fashionable Church of St. Gervaise on February 5, 1617. A year later, the couple had their only child, Michel. Louise grew to truly love Antoine and was an attentive mother to their son. Along with be- ing devoted to her family, Louise was also active in ministry in her parish. It was about the year 1621 that Antoine contracted a chronic illness and eventu- ally became bedridden. Louise nursed and cared for him and their child. Louise then suffered a deep depres- sion causing her to question herself as both a wife and mother. It was during this difficult period in her life that she met Saint Frances de Sales who was then in Paris. He counseled her, and over time she- rtered -into -l-fe of deep prayer. The Incarna- tion of the Son of God became the center upon which Louise's theology and spirituality rested. In this manner Louise, like Duns Scotus, viewed the Incarna- tion as the moment in which men and women were saved. In 1623, during Holy Mass or while she was praying in the church, she was com- pletely freed of all doubt. She was inspired to remain with her husband and that the time would come when she would be in the position to make vows of poverty, chas- tity and obedience and that she would be in a small com- munity where others would do the same. Three years after this experience, Antoine died. She now focused intently on her own spiritual develop- ment. Time was set aside for reciting the Little Office - - - lC.ont.ilaue, d-on Page- 14)