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POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 14, 2013 Page3 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 St. Anthony of Padua Annual Procession by Matt Conti e-mail: Website: 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-GAZETYE P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnamma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 117 - No. 24 Friday, June 14, 2013 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. Dear Dad by Judean Langone October 2007 Dear Dad, not in any dream, Do you come No echo of your laugh. Your smile, Dad, That lighted up my world -- I keep close in my mind... I am not counting your absence: For although I hear no word from you, I know that in your home in heaven, You consult with our family, Designing what is best to send/ In advance of this week's Feast Day, the Saint Anthony of Padua procession took place on Sunday with the statue leaving from Saint Leonard Church to be hon- ored throughout the streets of Boston's North End. Over four hours, the statue of Saint Anthony was carried on the shoulders of dedicated worshipers accompanied by the music of the North End Marching Band. At the end of the procession, a Blessing of the Children was given at Saint Leonard Church. June 134 marks the death of Saint Anthony and is recognized as the Feast of Saint Anthony in the Roman Catholic Church. Por those curious, the Saint Anthony Society will also put on the larger Saint Anthony's Feast during the last weekend of August. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) 3rd Mass and Procession On Sunday, June 23'd the 3rd Annual Saint Pio Procession will take place in Boston's North End. Mass in Italian will be held at St. Leonard Church on Hanover Street, North End, Boston at 10:30 am. There will be a Procession through the streets of the North End beginning at 2:00 pm with the statue of Saint Pio. All are welcome to attend this wonderful event. Saint Pio (Pius) of Pietrelcina, O.F.M. Cap., (25 May 1887 - 23 September 1968) was a Capuchin Catholic priest from Italy who is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church. He was born Francesco Forgione, and given the name Pius (Italian: Pio) when he joined the Capuchins, thus he was popularly known as Padre Pio. He became famous for his bearing the stigmata. On 16 June 2002, he was canonized by Pope John Paul II. The statue, a gift from Anna D'Amore Sirignano, was shipped from Italy to Boston and remains at St. Leonard Church. Renaissance Lodge, Sons of Italy Officer Chipper Riley is now with the Angels by Dr. Dean Saluti, President, Boston's Renaissance Lodge, OSIA Last Saturday morning, June 8, 2013, our beloved Renaissance Lodge, Sons of Italy Officer, "Sergeant at Arms," Chipper Riley passed away. Although Chipper was legally blind and struggled with many health issues throughout her life, she managed to serve @ith distinction in her Lodge Officer position. She often remarked that she knew of no other woman "Sergeant at Arms" (Guard) in the Sons of Italy. She danced at functions and was always the life of the party. We will never forget when a championship bocce team at the "Bocce on the Beach" tournament asked us if we could put a player on their very competitive team. We gave them Chipper. Little did we all know that even legally blind, Chipper was an outstanding bocce player and that team won gold medals. As the Renaissance Lodge of the Sons of Italy became active in Boston's Columbus Day parade, Chipper had a surprise for us. She worked for months sewing a lion costume, com- plete with lion head and tail. Then, every year, she would be dressed up in her lion costume as the Sons of Italy's "Roary the Lion" for the parade. She threw candy to the children who lined the route. She was a hit. Of course, she was traveling in her own Volkwagen "VW Bug" with appropriate decals and license plate that read "HERBIE" -- named after the "Love Bug." Renaissance Lodge, Sons of Italy Officer Chipper Riley at the Holiday Party. She is wearing reindeer antlers and holding her friend, "Lenny the Lobster," who is dressed for the celebration. One day, Chipper introduced us to her stuffed animal friend, "Lenny the Lobster." Of course, we all got a kick out of Lenny. Little did we know that Lenny would become the Renaissance Lodge mascot and that Chipper would shop for appropriate outfits so that Lenny would be well dressed for all events. Lenny had tuxedoes, suits, Hawaiian shirts and outfits for every Boston sports team. We would all pat Lenny on the head for luck. Roary the Lion, Herbie the Love Bug, Lenny the Lobster -- they were all extensions of Chipper's creative and loving personality. We will miss her so very much. But now the angels will be joined by our very own angel with a halo so bright that it will shine on all of us forever. Our prayers are with Chipper, Lenny the Lobster, and the Silva family: Mass cards can be forwarded to Bob Silva at 284 Crescent Avenue, Revere, MA 02151. I I !