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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 29, 2011 Page 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-mall: postgazette@aol.eom Website: www.BostonPostGazette.com Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 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-GAZETrE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnanuna Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 115 - No. 17 Friday, April 29, 2011 GUEST EDITORIAL ff Churches Were Just Buildings it Would be Easy Closing Them by Sal Giarratani There is a whole legalistic process the Archdiocese of Boston needs to go through before a closed church can be relegated to "profane use." Ironically, over in East Bos- ton a few years ago, one of the neighborhood's churches was closed and sold to someone who reportedly resold it to an evangelical Christian church that seemingly holds an anti-Catholic grudge. The church once named Star of the Sea is now a denomination that is quite frankly embarrassing to the Boston archdiocese to say the least. Recently, the Archdiocese publicly put up for sale the closed Holy Trinity in Boston's South End. After members of the closed church brought this to the attention of the Archdiocese, the sign on the church property was reportedly removed. Church officials were reminded that you can't even make real estate inquir- ies before the property has been officially relegated to profane use. Holy Trinity may yet get that relegated status but former parishioners still should have the opportunity to present their side in not relegating the property for non-church use. This is a very emotional period for both sides. Neither the Archdiocese nor parishioners affected by the multi- church closings should be termed as either good guys or bad guys. This only makes the process that much more negative for all concerned. One closed Revere church in Beachmont, Our Lady of Lourdes has had its closed status changed to worship site. It will now apparently re-open for Sunday Mass as a chapel to its welcoming parish church. Since leaving Quincy for East Boston, I have been fight- ing for my new closed parish church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. It too is struggling toward that fight over relegation to profane use. We too would like to see this church turned into at least a worship site. The battle here continues. I recently came across a letter to the editor in the Quincy Sun concerning Star of the Sea in Squantum. The letter writer made several good points. However, I do not think that saying that this Squantum church is an island church is a good rational to re-open it. Catholic parish churches have always been considered "island" churches by parishioners, which is why people end up fighting to keep them open. However, in reality, Catholics are not island people with island mentalities. We are one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic, aren't we? As far as the 2011 Consultation Questionnaire was con- cerned, it is inclusive for the parishioners of the closed churches. These are the people who filled out the forms to have their opinions made known. I would not presume to speak out on matters concerning other church demoninations such as the internal rift taking place inside the Anglican Communion. It's there island, not mine. I would have to say I am a better Catholic today for standing up for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel since it was shuttered back in 2004. Friends of CRAIG HUGHES are invited to remember and celebrate his life Sunday, May 15th, 2011 3:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M. Ristorante Lucia 415 Hanover Street, North End, Boston " Bring your stories R.S.V.P. to janekad @ yahoo.com or 617-742-5061 San Rocco Society's 25 th Annual Dinner "A Night of Dreams and Wishes" On Saturday, March 5, 2011 the San Rocco Society of Boston held their annual banquet at Anthony's of Malden. Proceeds from the event were donated to the "Make a Wish" Foundation. The event is held in honor of San Rocco each year but the money raised for the past ten years has been donated to the "Make a Wish" Foun- dation. Over $54,000 has been raised over the course of ten years. Many raffle prizes were generously do- nated by businesses which raised the bulk of the money for the Foundation. Commit- tee members, Carmela Favorito, Regina Gnerre, Alex Leone and Givoanni Leone celebrated their ten year anniversary as officers i From Left to Right: Secretary Alex Leone, President Carmela" Favorito, Vice-President Regina Gnerre and Treasurer Giovanni Leone. and directors at this banquet. Please join the San Rocco committee on July 17, 2011 for their annual procession in the North End of Boston. Left to right: Joanne Leone and Lisa Leone in front of the "Make a Wish" Foundation. SAVE THE DATE ... North End Reunion Join us on Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 6-IOPM at Spinelli's, Route One, South, Lynnfield, MA for dinner and dancing. Music from the '50s and '60s. Tickets will be available beginning in May. Contact Lolly Ciampa at 781-938-9254 or Ro-Ro DeMarco at 781-284-5945. Seating is limited. Annual Duckling-Day Parade The Friends of the Public Garden will cel- ebrate Mother's Day with Boston-area fami- lies during its annual Duckling Day parade on Sunday May 8 th. Registration will begin at 10:30am and the parade will begin at noon. Based on the children's classic Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, Duckling Day is an annual event where chil- dren and their families retrace the steps of the beloved characters Mr. and Mrs. Mal- lard and their family of eight ducklings. Led by the Harvard University Band, the parade will begin at the Boston Common on the cor- ner of Beacon and Park Street. Children will parade through Beacon Hill dressed like characters from the story and end in the Public Garden near the famous duckling sculptures. Prior to the parade there will be plenty of family entertainment including a face painter, balloon artist and a magician. Mayor Menino will greet families at the end of the parade and actors from the Wheelock Fam- ily Theater will do a dramatic reading from the book. A donation of $25 per family is re- quested for all participants and each family who registers will receive a special goodie bag filled with Duckling Day toys and treats. "Duckling Day is one of the most cherished family tradi- tions in Bos- ton," said Eliza- beth Vizza, Ex- ecutive Direc- tor of the Friends of the Public Garden. "Mother's Day would not be complete with- out seeing hun- dreds of little "ducklings" come to our parks and delight in reliving a classic," said Vizza. "We look forward to celebrating with old and new families alike as this tradition lives on." For more info about Duckling Day, please visit www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org, or call Regina Norfolk at (508) 494-6630 or Harron Ellenson at (617) 267-7366. Letter to the Editor ... CAN You NAME THIS TUNE? Dear Editor, I grew up in East Boston in the 50's. I re- member a song that use to play on the radio at that time--it was called "My Goombadah the Ice-a Man" It went like this: "My goombadaha the ice-a man-a go out of business, when the big-a refrigerator come along, he try so hard to keep up-a the busi- ness, but still he hear-a the same-a familiar song, sorry we don't need-a no ice-a no more, we just buy-a refrigerator from-a the big-a de- partment store, hey my goombadah the ice-a man the ice-a man-a go out of business when- a the big-a refrigerator come along, now he's working up-a town in a factory, my goombadah the ice-a man-a Anthony, Where are-a the day's when-a the ice-a man come along, where is the call that was know all over town, ice-a man, ice-a man-a knocking at your door, but you can't blame-a the ice-a man anymore." There is a second verse also -- does any- one remember the song? Who recorded it, and where I could get a copy of it? I would be very happy if some one remembers it and could give me some information. If you know the title of this tune, please email the answer to postgazette@aol.com. Sincerely, Ruth