BOSTON – Friars, family, staff of both St. Anthony Shrine and Cathedral Grammar School, as well as invited guests, gathered in the second floor church June 3 to celebrate the silver jubilee of John Maganzini and Gregory Day.
The night before, the church was decorated for Pentecost with flowing red and white sheer material streamers and a very large Pentecost banner over the altar. It was truly a joyful celebration and a Spirit-filled moment!
Following the Mass, everyone went to the shrine auditorium. John Mahon had decorated the auditorium with a welcoming Franciscan theme. The friary kitchen staff prepared the luncheon and the shrine music ministry provided music.
As family and friends enjoyed the meal and time to socialize and celebrate, many of the homeless who come to the shrine each day began to enter the auditorium. They were welcomed. Some sat together to eat, and others joined groups at various tables.
The following day, Sister Marie Puleo, MFIC, summarized everyone’s feelings when she said, “There were many highlights and special moments in the entire day, but, for me, seeing our homeless friends join the celebration was the best. Isn’t this what it is all about? What a great reminder during the celebration of Jubilee.”
There was much gratitude, among all the joys of the day, for the presence of our guests… all of our guests.