Sunday – Saint Anthony Shrine honors the late Tom Menino

St. Anthony Shrine, 100 Arch St., Boston 

In the Catholic Church, Sunday, November 2, is All Souls Day …

The prayers readings, homily and music at St. Anthony Shrine this weekend will help us remember, mourn and honor all of the deceased members of our faith community.

This year’s event is unique in that we will also have a memorial set up for the late Tom Menino, and will remember him in our intercessory prayers.  We invite worshippers to sign a book of remembrance to be given to the Mayor’s widow, Angela.

Mayor Menino will lie in state at Faneuil Hall, beginning at 10 am.  The Franciscan Friars warmly invite the public to visit the Shrine immediately before or after your visit to Faneuil Hall.  It is a ten-minute walk from Faneuil Hall to St. Anthony Shrine at 100 Arch St.

Masses at the Shrine on Sunday are as follows:

Morning: 6:00, 7:30, 9:00, 10:00, 11:15, 11:45 a.m. (in Spanish)

Afternoon: 12:30 pm

Evening: 4:00 & 5:30 pm

The Arch Street Band will be playing at the Masses at 10:00am, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 4:00pm & 5:30 pm.

For more information, please contact Fr. Thomas Conway, OFM at 609-661-1066 (mobile)

St. Anthony Shrine & Ministry Center, the “Church on Arch Street,” has been a center for Roman Catholic ministry in Boston, MA for over 65 years. It is directed by Franciscan friars of Holy Name Province and has over 30 outreach and spiritual ministries.

Political rallies!

TOMORROW, Saturday, Nov. 1

HRC President Chad Griffin Joins Shaheen, Hassan & Shea-Porter in New Hampshire to Mobilize LGBT and Ally Voters

Approaching a critical election, Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, will participate in high-profile events with New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Governor Maggie Hassan, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, and other elected officials tomorrow, Saturday, November 1, as part of an ongoing effort to fire up LGBT voters and their allies in the Granite State.

When:  Saturday, November 1, at 12:15 PM

Who:    HRC President Chad Griffin

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen

What:   Canvass Kick-off with Senator Shaheen

Where: 125 Brewery Lane, Portsmouth, NH

Joined by Governor Hassan, Congresswoman Shea-Porter, and other officials, Griffin will also join one of the ongoing HRC phone banks in the state to get out the vote for Senator Shaheen, Governor Hassan, and Congresswoman Shea-Porter.  Griffin and local volunteers will call HRC members across the state to emphasize what’s at stake for LGBT equality in this election.

When:  Saturday, November 1, at 3:30 PM

Who:    HRC President Chad Griffin

Governor Maggie Hassan

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

What:   Phone bank to get out the vote for LGBT equality

Where: 228 Maple Street 4th Floor, Manchester NH

So many great American mayors have been Italian-American!

Like the golden age of American movies, when director Frank Capra, the son of Italian immigrants, made films that captivated an entire nation (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,  It’s a Wonderful Life, so many more!), Americans have looked to Italian American mayors to make our cities – especially our big cities – everything that is best in us. This country’s diversity, its fearlessness, its cacophony, its poetry, its eclecticism, its inclusiveness, its loves, lusts, physicality, brilliance, beauty  … Yep. We Americans seem to fall head over heels in love with our Italian American mayors, who reflect us back to us! Through their VISION – and Tom  Menino had VISION in spades! He just looked like my uncle George! And not like Charlie Baker!

Tom Menino, like we American city dwellers, was … complicated. Smart. Compassionate. Competitive. Poetic…

Why does it so often fall on us Italian Americans?  Is it “my people’s” love of family, kids, gardens/nature? Our ability to be hands-on, in-your-face, ever present? To not be afraid of good, hard WORK?  Our ability to love the underdog to death cuz we know what it can feel like? (even when we are “in” we are still out, to many folks!) Our emotions, so thick and entangling?! Our go for broke style when we truly love someone, like our mothers – or our cities?

For so many of us Italian Americans, it’s this: The intense, physical work ethic we bring to our jobs is the love we show God for the gifts she has given us! Every day! When I think of Tom Menino I think of the poet’s words: “WORK IS LOVE MADE VISIBLE. ”

Work is LOVE made VISIBLE …


– Rosalie Tirella


Here, from The Boston Globe, is a fantastic column on the late, great Boston Mayor Tom Menino!

– R. T.

Menino went from accidental mayor to transformative figure

Thomas M. Menino began as an accidental mayor, presiding over an inherited administration. He ended as a transformative figure, a man who embodied vision, even as he rejected the concept.

The longest-serving mayor in the city’s history became acting mayor by the slimmest of margins — he had won the city council presidency in 1993 by a mere vote. But after becoming acting mayor that July, he moved so quickly to consolidate power, and to win the confidence of voters, that within a few months he won the office by a landslide. It was as if he had been there for years. …

To read the entire column, CLICK HERE!

The City of Worcester and Ebola awareness

The City of Worcester, in collaboration with the Liberian Association of Worcester County and UMass Memorial Global Health Department, is hosting a fundraiser and Evening of Awareness to support medical and humanitarian aid focusing on the global Ebola response efforts.

The date for this event is November 14 from 6 pm-10 pm at Union Station

Our purpose is to provide more awareness and education to Worcester County on the prevailing epidemic of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia and other west African countries.

We are also aiming to provide background health knowledge from public health professionals on EVD.

The program will also be geared toward providing education on the historical ties between Liberia and the USA.

Partners organizing the event are looking for Worcester-based nonprofit organizations and universities that are active with any social justice or service learning programs in the Ebola affected countries to table at the event in order to raise awareness around the current impact and connections organizations in Worcester have to the outbreak in West Africa.

These tabling organizations will have the opportunity to raise funds for their relevant programming at this event.

The program schedule will be structured as follows:

1.   Pre-event march or gathering before city hall (weather permitting)

2.   Presentation of historical ties between Liberia and the USA

3.   Presentation and testimonials by families affected by EVD

4.   Presentations by medical professionals and organizations working in Liberia to help combat EVD

5.   Cultural display of Liberia

6.   Video Presentation from Liberia/Liberian professionals working in Worcester County

7.   (Tabling throughout the night)

Thank you!!

Next Tuesday vote YES on Question 2. … Expand deposits on plastic bottles – for your children’s sake!

Please be aware that your vote [next Tuesday] will affect Mother Nature, children and their world.


While 80% of beer and soda gets recycled, only 23% of non-deposit bottles get recycled.

BILLIONS of plastic bottles end up in landfills water systems, curbs, and parks. Deposits on bottles are picked up more often.

Plastic pollution is a severe worldwide problem, with 1,500 un-biodegradable bottles flowing into the ocean each second into 5 garbage patches. Google “ Pacific Garbage Patch” – the largest is twice the size of Texas. Your grandchildren may someday swim in this water.

Please look at the bigger picture.

It takes 700 years for plastic to decompose, adding to our growing ecological debt.

We need the Clean Environment Fund to be created by unclaimed container deposits. Only 47 % of town have curbside recycling.

We can’t afford to wait for cities and towns to fund and adopt modern technology. Don’t cave in to bureaucrats, and big businesses who want your vote.

Any increase to you will be a returnable deposit.

Teaching children to respect, recycle and refill is never outdated. It’s worth a little hassle and a few bucks.

You can do it for them and their future. Please support question 2.

Sona Aslanian-Hargrove


Abby’s House thrift shop holiday bazaar! Nov. 8! Buy fall jackets, jeans, sweaters, tees, etc!



10 am to 1 pm


52 High Street, Worcester

Visit the Abby’s House Thrift Shop Holiday Bazaar!

 Give yourself a head start on holiday shopping!

We’re selling:



Holiday ornaments


Holiday Gifts

New Toys

Unique Thrift Shop finds!

 Drop by and have some coffee, tea or cider and cookies on us!!

And take home some delicious goodies from our BAKED GOODS SALE tables!


All proceeds will benefit Abby’s House Shelter