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j]jlmllllmJml| 1 . |J I ' " '  _U_ lllldilk I 1 1 ]1]11 ii I11 iJ IUII:LL/i THE ITAI.,-aRICN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS T kJ (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 115 - NO. 28 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JULY 15, 2011 $.30 A COPY Betty Ford Dies at 93 After Lifetime Promoting Treatment of Substance and Alcohol Abuse Less than five years after the death of Gerald Ford, his wife and former first lady Betty Ford passed away at the age of 93. Two separate ceremonies were held to remember her. The first ceremony on Tues- day was held in California, where Ford lived, and eulo- gies were read by former first lady Rosalynn Carter and journalist Cokie Roberts. Both speakers had been cho- sen by Ford several years ago. The speakers focused on Ford's twin passions: politics and her world famous Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and alcohol treatment. Roberts, a commentator on National Public Radio, said Ford asked her to give a eulogy five years ago and specified it should be about the power of friendship to mend political differences even in these hyper-partisan times. Ford had asked Roberts to recall the times when her father, Democratic Congressman Hale Boggs, was House majority leader and Republican Gerald R. Ford was House mirity leader. They could argue about issues but get together as friends afterward. The two families became close as did the Ford and Carter families, despite Jimmy Carter defeating Ford in the 1976 presidential election. Former president Carter spoke at Ford's funeral in 2007. (Continued on Page 14) The 86t0000nnual Joseph g00ast JULY 29, 30 AND 31, 2011 JOIN SAINT JOSEPH FOR THEIR HISTORIC UNITY CELEBRATION Join the St. Joseph Society at the 86 m Annual St. Joseph Feast (Festa di San Giuseppe) in Boston's North End. The annual event draws thousands for three days of great food, entertainment and fun in honor of St. Joseph. This year the Society invites all to celebrate with them the Historic Unity Celebration. On Friday, July 29  the blessing of St. Joseph will take place in front of the chapel on Hanover Street fol- lowed by a short procession with the North End March- ing Band and the Italian Serenaders through the North End. Entertainment for the evening will be the US Navy Show Band in the Prado (Paul Revere Mall) on Hanover Street .... , Saturday, July 30 th from 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM enjoy the DJ sounds of Giovanni LaVanga. 2:00 p.m. - Singing Sensation GIAN FERRAONE & Ray Cavicchio. From 7:00 to 9:30 pm you will be entertained by U.S. AIR- FORCE BAND OF LIBERTY, Special Guest Artist MARK ANTONELLI and STREET MAGIC in the PRADO. Sunday, July 3P t A Non- Sectarian Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the PRADO (Paul Revere Mall) on Hanover St. (In case of rain Mass will be held at St. Stephen's Church on Hanover St.). 1:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Grand Proces- sionl Statue of Saint Joseph will be presented through the streets of the North End accompanied by society members, devotees, Jews for St. Joseph and two march- ing bands. FEATURING - (Continued on Page 5) Madonna die Orazie 00rocession ! iii!iiiiiiii!iiiiiil iiii!iii!iii!iiii!ii!l iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiil iiiii!iiiiiiii!iiiiiiiii! i!iiiiiiiilililiiiiiiil iiiii!!iiiiiiiiiiiiiill iiiiiliiiiiiii!iiiiiiiill Archdiocese to Morph Existing Parishes into Mega-parishes? Reports have it that for over the last two years, officials from the Archdiocese of Boston have been meeting on a regular basis to strategize plans to decrease the existing 291 parishes down to about 150-160 larger parishes. The North End model appears to be the future of the Archdiocese's plan for mega-parishes. The North End once had four parishes and is now down to one, St. Leonard's Parish with four different worship sites. Eventu- ally, I do see this happening across the Boston Archdiocese and the nation. East Boston has a number of Catholic parishes, perhaps too many for the low number of priests available to staff these churches. Cardinal Sean O'Malley remains reportedly against having circuit pastors assigned to sev- eral parishes at once. It would appear from details coming out that mega-churches are the future parish life for Boston Catholics. By all appearances, the Archdiocese of Boston has learned from the mistakes of recon- figuration back in 2004. That process led to upheaval and church takeovers by concerned Catholics angered and frustrated with the way the chancery handled matters seven years ago. (Continued on Page I0) The Madonna Delle Grazie di San Sossi Baronia, Avellino held their annual procession through the streets of the North End on Sunday, July 10, 2011. Featuring Saint Alfio's Band the the Northeast Italian Band. For a com- plete list of upcoming fes- tivals see page 7. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) Left to Right: Luigi Torra, Maria Torra and Alberto Torra. THE POST-GAZETTE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON ] This office is open on Tuesdays from 10. AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from II.'00 AM to 2.'00 PM, | for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors | Call 617-227-8929 for more information J