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Page6 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 10, 2013 Redemptoris Mater Seminary's Fourth Annual Gala Dinner In 2005, Cardinal Sen P. O'Malley, OFM Cap, officially opened the Redemp- toris Mater Semi- nary in Boston. Redemptoris Mater Seminalies are a fruit of the Second Vatican Council and an inspiration of Blessed Pope John Archbishop Carlo Paul II. Redemptoris Maria Vigan6 Mater is Latin for "Mother of the Re- deemer." The goal of these seminaries is to form missionary diocesan priests for the New Evangelization. One of the unique char- acteristics of these seminaries is that the seminarians come from all over the world, making evident the call to serve the uni- versal Church. Hence, the nature of this seminary is to prepare missionaries, with zeal to announce the Gospel, wherever they are needed. In their formation as mission- ary priests, Redemptoris Mater seminarians are prepared to be shepherds of souls, min- istering to the needs of people, especially the far away and those in the "periphery" of society. In Boston there are 21 seminarians from 11 different countries at Redemptoris Mater Seminary. From the United States to Ivory Coast, from Latin America to Europe. There are also three Italians called to serve the Lord in our Archdiocese: Andrea Povero from Turin, Andrea Filippucci from Rome and Vincenzo Caruso from Naples. The seminar- ians study Philosophy and Theology at Saint John's Seminary and in addition, they spend two to three years doing pastoral work around the United States. Once their formation is completed, they will be ordained by Cardinal Sen and begin serving the Archdiocese in our parishes. Currently there are already two ordained priests from Redemptoris Mater, Fr. Felipe Gonzalez who servers at the Cathedral in South Boston, and Fr. Israel Rodriguez, who serves at St. Patrick parish in Lawrence, MA. The Seminary is temporarily located at the rectory of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Chestnut Hill and in desperate need of find- ing a larger and more suitable house to fit all the seminarians and allow for further growth. The seminary lives from the Providence of God and each year it holds an annual Gala Dinner to raise funds to help defray the cost of the operation. This year's Fourth Annual Gala Dinner will honor Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigan6, Apostolic Nuncio of His Holi- ness Pope Francis to the United States, for his many years of faithful service to the Church and uncompromising love for the truth. For reservations or more details on Redemptoris Mater Seminary's Fourth Annual Gala Dinner to be held on June 16  at 5:00 pm at the Four Points by Sheraton, 1125 Boston-Providence Turnpike, Route 1, Norwood, MA. For information to place a greeting in the ad journal or tax-deductible questions, visit www.rmsboston.org or email seminary@rmsboston.org. You may also call 617-879-9813. On behalf of'Redemptoris Mater Seminary, I invite you to join us as we honor Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigan6 and support the needs of our seminary. Arrivederci! Vi aspettiamo! Ave Maria Concert by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari There are many events that take place at Saint Leonard Parish during the course of a year but none more anticipated than-the concerts performed by the resident, Saint Leonard Choral Society under the capable guidance of Music Director, Dan Drzymalski. On Saturday, May IY h, at 6:00 pm, the Ave Maria con- cert will be presented at Sacred Heart Church in Boston's historic North End. Through the years many concerts have taken place at Sacred Heart but this will be a landmark event for it will mark the debut of the North End Chamber Orches- tra performing with The Saint Leonard Choral Society and the Saint John School Children's Choir. In addition to the opening performance of the Chamber Orchestra the beautiful hymn "Dona Nobis Pacem" composed for the orchestra by Christopher Gainey will be debuted at the performance. Anticipating Mother's Day, the concert will be dedi- cated to the Blessed Mother and the wonderful women who grace our lives. Saint Leonard Parish has gradu- ally, over the years, devel- oped an association with beautiful music; the Cham- ber Orchestra that will make its debut on Saturday evening is simply a further develop- ment of that association. A lovely aspect of the concert was the opportunity for con- cert goers to have dedicated to their mothers a musical selections for a donation. Choral music has been an integral part of Saint Leonard parish since its founding in 1873. The Choral Society under the direction of Maestro Dan Drzymalskihas continued to develop, establishing a tra- dition of performing Cifit- mas and spring concerts at Sacred Heart Church. Often, these concerts include guest performances with Our Lady of Czestochowa Church Choir. Dan Drzymalski has been an organist since age 13. He has a Bachelor's de- gree in Music and Biology from Cornell University and received his Medical degree at Harvard Medical School. Dan enjoys a career as resi- dent physician at Massachu- setts General Hospital. Tickets for the concert may be purchased at Sacred Heart Church the evening of the performance. A donation of $I0.00 is requested. At the conclusion of the con- cert there will be a reception at Saint John School hall where light refreshments will be served. Romeo and Juliet Return to Public Garden Lagoon S i m pie TIMES... by Girard A. Plante Whenever I listen to music from certain generations dating to the Big Band era to Jazz to Rock 'n' Roll of the 1960's to 1970's or to some current Contemporary lyr- ics, I am transported to a specific place and moment, and always I recall a beloved relative or close friend. The popular folk ballad "Where Have All The Flow- ers Gone" by Peter, Paul and Mary, brings to the surface all our loved ones who've gone before us. I refer not so much for the Vietnam War generation for whom the hit song was cre- ated, but primarily to the good and decent folks of America's Greatest Genera- tion. They all kept our na- tion stable and prosperous for decades after the end of World War II. Our neighborhoods were safer and cohesive as we grew up surrounded by cor- ner stores and churches filled every Sunday. Wher- ever we lived in the U.S., we knew our neighbors. Nowa- days, we live in a world of too many strangers. That cruel reality arrived on our doorstep in the Bos- ton area as mayhem hit Marathon Monday, consum- ing several days of a collec- tive energy, time and police resources. An inescapable fear gripped citizens from Boston to UMASS-Dartmouth to Worcester. Will we ever return to reliable normalcy? From age 11 until a few months from turning 15, I pedaled my hometown's daily morning newspaper in the early 1970's. After each morning's delivery duties were complete, I read the paper from cover to cover -- tackling the Sports Page first, then the Local section that featured the obituaries. I would read about people I knew who passed away. Reading the morning paper usually meant I got that sad news first, but word spread quickly in tight-knit neighborhoods. Obituaries drew me to an intense interest to learn about the lives of certain other people I never met. Their obits looked like this: Philomena (Catardo) Fanelli was born in Catanzaro, Italy, and came to the U.S. with her parents as a child. Rarely do I read current obituaries of Italians origi- nating from Italy or any country in Europe as I did aplenty throughout the 1970's, '80's and '90's. That strikes me as both sad and alarming. Sad in that the givers and decent folks of their generation are im- mensely missed and much needed in today's world. Alarming because it's a stark reminder that the first immigrants from Italy and nations across Europe are nearly extinct. With them has largely gone the wisdom of thriving through the Great Depres- sion and WWII. With them have largely gone the rich anecdotes of the "old country" to pass along to today's youth. Though we who are blessed to have known that genera- tion harbor a wealth of stories to share, it is unfor- tunate that the 20-some- things barely knew them. That generation can benefit from America's Greatest Generation in this chaotic world they're participants within. Mother's Day reminds each of us -- whether our grand- mothers and moms lived to brush white hair or whether they passed away too young -- the grand and glorious women who sacri- ficed much for family, com- munity, church and country. Many gave until weariness of years caught up. Let us all celebrate our wonderful women -- 'Wonder Women' to be sure --who either came to America or were born in the early 20 th century on our nation's pre-" cious soil. They kept our families together and pro- vided selfless strength and courage beyond comprehen- sion during dark days and uncertain times. Through it all they rarely complained and accepted their unique roles as the stalwarts of our society. They lead quietly yet convinc- ingly. They lived exemplary. We are the direct recipi- ents of their countless acts of good deeds. Many we never met. Others familiar became a simple 'hello' or 'nice day' as we passed by their humble homes while they swept their sidewalk or whom we met at the corner grocery. Heroines all, we forever honor the women who touched our lives for de- cades. It is left to us -- their heirs -- to foster better and safer neighborhoods and communities. We are no doubt richly rewarded by our mothers and grandmothers. So let us pull together the lessons they taught us, the unwavering guid- ance they gave us, and the redeeming qualities they shared through example and plow through the challenges as they did. I gain strength simply recalling my mom's strength. It is also our women neigh- bors whose connection to us, though seemingly inconse- quential as we may have thought or pondered not, which gave us countless gifts that keep on giving. Happy Mother's Day! Romeo and Juliet made it back just in time to celebrate the 25 th Annual Return of the Swans to the Public Garden Lagoon on Tuesday, May 7  where they will reside for the summer. The swans were greeted by local officials, visitors and many of their fowl feathered friends. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography)