Tonight Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston came to our parish in Salem, Immaculate Conception, to celebrate Mass with us on the feast of the Birth of Mary. This was a special occasion because we were having the re-dedication of the Creche of Santa Maria Bambina, St. Mary the Infant, which used to sit in St. Mary’s Italian Church, closed a few years ago. When St. Mary’s closed our pastor, Fr. Tim Murphy brought the creche over and over the past couple of years had it lovingly restored, including new satin garments sewn by some very nice cloistered nuns in central Mass. In addition to celebrating the feast and dedicating the creche, the cardinal also dedicated a new monument of the Ten Commandments that will sit on our lawn. It is the first such monument in Massachusetts placed by Project Moses, which plans to place 7,000 of them across the US.
It was pull-out-all-the-stops Mass including all the living priests in the area who’ve served in the parish or grew up there, the Knights of Malta, the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, city officials, and so on.
The Cardinal’s homily: Give God permission
- mariabambina1-tm.jpg: Own photo