Cardinal Seán's Blog

Cardinal Seán O’Malley shares his reflections and experiences

Day: January 7, 2022

Happy New Year!

Hello and welcome!

On New Year’s Eve, we gathered at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross with about 200 members of the pro-life and campus ministry communities for a midnight Mass. I have always had the custom of ending the year and beginning the year with the Eucharist. This year particularly, being the year of the Eucharist, it was very meaningful to be able to do this.

We began our gathering with the rosary led by Marianne Luthin of our Pro-Life Office, and Father Eric Cadin, the archdiocese’s director of campus ministry, was also with us.IMG_4141

In addition to being the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, New Year’s Day is Haitian Independence Day. So, since coming to Boston, it has been my practice to gather with the Haitian community for a special Mass on that day.

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There were a number of priests and deacons from the Haitian community with us.HaitianInd_IMG_4142

We were also very happy to be joined by Boston City Councilor At-Large Ruthzee Louijeune.HaitianInd_IMG_4143

We are so grateful to Father Garcia Breneville and his parishioners from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish for their service during the Mass and to Lorna DesRoses, who always does so much to bring this gathering together.

Sunday, I went to St. Joseph Parish in Lynn for a Mass to bless the renovations to the church and dedicate their new altar. StJoseph_IMG_4153StJoseph_IMG_4152

The work that has been done is stunning; the church has been completely transformed. We are very, very grateful for the work of Father Andrea Filippucci, Father Pablo Gomis and all the parish leadership, who worked so hard to raise funds and lead the renovations.StJoseph_IMG_3473StJoseph_IMG_3474StJoseph_IMG_3476StJoseph_IMG_3488StJoseph_IMG_3490StJoseph_IMG_3499

There was a huge crowd for the Mass. The church was completely filled.StJoseph_IMG_3478StJoseph_IMG_4150

Being the Epiphany, it was the day for the Magi to visit the parish. The children were very excited. There was a piñata, and the Magi brought gifts for the children.StJoseph_IMG_3511StJoseph_IMG_3506StJoseph_IMG_3523

They also gave me the gift of a wonderful icon of St. Joseph, the patron of the parish.StJoseph_IMG_3516

Wednesday, I went to Roxbury to celebrate the funeral Mass of Father Walter Waldron. It was held at St. Patrick’s, where, of course, Father Waldron served as pastor for 32 years. Previously, he had served for 10 years at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

Father Walter was one of those priests who, after the Second Vatican Council, took very seriously the challenges of the social gospel and went to work in the inner city. He did extraordinary work at St. Patrick’s, particularly with the school.unnamed

His lifelong friend, Bishop Bill Murphy, was the homilist for the Mass. Many of Father Waldron’s family were with us, along with many people from the parish – both the Spanish and Cape Verdean communities – who were there to say farewell to their beloved pastor.

Wednesday, we had a committee meeting of The Papal Foundation. I was very pleased to be part of the discussion on the Mission Fund, which provides funding for different projects in developing countries to help people with their spiritual and material needs during this time of the pandemic, as well as to promote the mission of the Church in so many different parts of the world.PapalFoundation

These meetings are always a wonderful reminder of how much good is done through the work of The Papal Foundation.

Thursday, which was the 12th day of Christmas, we gathered with the members of The Papal Foundation for a rosary via Zoom. It was very encouraging to see how the members of the Papal Foundation are motivated in their generosity by their faith and their love for their Church and the Holy Father.

Until next week,

Cardinal Seán

January 2022