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The St. Anthony’s Shrine Kids Program celebrated Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 7. Children and their families visited the Enchanted Village, accompanied by Santa’s Elves, Frosty, Rudolph and several Reindeer. In addition to a selection of Christmas treats, each child was given a hand-knitted scarf plus a hat or mittens. After touring the Village, each child had a moment to visit with Santa (who looked a lot like Fr. Brian).
“When you bring together nine elves, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and, of course, Santa….what a wonderful day helping 175 children with all of sorts of special gifts! What a great Saturday at the Shrine!” said Fr. Brian Cullinane, OFM.
Our joyous celebration was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Shrine’s Giving Tree donors, volunteers from the 20s/30s Boston Program and donations by a variety of local knitting groups throughout the year.
The inside says:
A Christmas Gift
When they saw the star, they rejoiced
exceedingly with great joy.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be
offered by the Franciscan Friars
in the name of
at the request of
The card comes in a leatherette binder, as shown in the photo, and is now available at store.stanthonyshrine.org and in the Shrine lobby.
A short report on yesterday’s Lazarus Ministry Mass for three abandoned babies was broadcast on Boston’s Channel 5 News last night. You can see the report here:
A ministry close to our hearts here at the Shrine is the Lazarus Ministry. This is where we provide provide a funeral Mass and burial for those who are abandoned or forgotten. For adults, we hold the funeral Mass at our regular 10 AM daily Mass. For abandoned children, we hold the Mass in private, in the Friars’ Chapel, attended only by the Friars and staff of the Shrine.
This morning, we will be holding just such a private Mass for three abandoned babies. We ask that you join us in praying for these poor babies.
The Boston Herald has a story about the Lazarus Ministry in today’s edition. They also shot a short video about Br. John and his ministry of sewing small stuffed animals for each of the babies.
with The Arch Street Band and Franciscan Friars of St. Anthony Shrine
The concert is a contemporary take on the traditional form of Lessons and Carols. It incorporates the promise of Christ’s coming, as told by the Old Testament prophets, into the Christmas story we know so well from the Gospels. The music is a rich mix of traditional carols (like “Once in Royal David’s City”), sacred classical music (like “Comfort Ye,” from Handel’s Messiah) and contemporary Christian songs (like DownHere’s “How Many Kings?”)
Saturday, December 21, 7 PM
Sunday, December 22, 2 PM
$10 tickets ($15 at the door) Tickets can be purchased at store.stanthonyshrine.org or in the Shrine lobby.
For more information, see stanthonyshrine.org/christmasconcert.
On December 3rd, join with Franciscans and Franciscan-hearted people in a solidarity fast.
The fast is a response to our broken immigration system that, all too often, instills fear, excludes, and tears apart immigrant families. The fast is both a prayer and a collective, moral call summoning our elected officials to do what is right and just vis-à-vis our immigrant brothers and sisters.
The Franciscan action on December 3 is part of the larger initiative, Fast4Families, that was launched on November 12 on the National Mall, steps away from the Capitol by various faith, immigrant rights and labor leaders. Since then, a group of people has been fasting every day and night, abstaining from all food—except water—to move the hearts of members of Congress and pass the comprehensive immigration reform.
Join with us in solidarity, from your home to pray and fast with other Franciscan-hearted people. Please, watch the Franciscan Family Fast video above, “like it,” and help us to spread the word about it. Post it on your Facebook page with a status “Hi, join me and Franciscan Action Network for a day of #Fast4Families on Dec. 3 to support comprehensive immigration reform.”
For more information about this initiative check out www.FranciscanAction.org.
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