BOSTON — After a weekend of special first Sunday of Advent liturgies, the friar community of St. Anthony Shrine here began Advent on Dec. 3 with a day of prayer.
The day began with a breakfast followed by a special morning prayer prepared byJohn Maganzini, OFM. David Convertino, OFM, led prayer and Hugh Macsherry, OFM, who served as lector, presented a short reflection to introduce his presentation and discussion on “Advent and Creation/Ecology Spirituality” which followed morning prayer.
Hugh said, “The Incarnation is understood in relation to all of creation. All of the world speaks to us of the presence of our God. All creation is marching toward the day of the Lord.”
After the presentation, the friars enjoyed lunch and quiet time. At 4:00 p.m. the friars gathered for Mass. Philip O’Shea was celebrant and Daniel Murray lectored. All music for the day was provided by Dwayne Fernandes, OFM,and Gene Pistacchio, OFM. At 5:00 p.m., vans arrived at the shrine to take the friars to Antico Forno restaurant in the North End of Boston.
Last week, a special Mass was held for deceased family members and friends of donors. On Nov. 28, David Convertino celebrated the Memorial Mass in the Friars’ Chapel of St. Anthony Shrine.
The Mass, celebrated every November, was well attended by both friars and donors, according to Diane Monaghan, the Shrine’s director of development. Jennifer Galea, director of Worship and Music Ministry, provided the music.
Friends of St. Anthony Shrine submitted names of the deceased whom they wanted to memorialize. These names were entered into a special Book of Remembrance, prominently displayed during the Mass.
The photo above is from St. Anthony Shrine’s Franciscan Campaign 2007, displaying the wide community that the donations reach.
After Mass, the friars invited attendees to dinner in the friars’ dining room, where hors d’oeuvres and a “delicious meal” were served, Monaghan said.