'I celebrated Masses at two parishes to personally launch the Appeal: Saturday at Holy Family in Amesbury and Sunday at Sacred Heart in Middleborough. At Sacred Heart, they have a very active St. Vincent de Paul Society, which does wonderful work helping those in need.' Pilot photo/CardinalSeansBlog.org
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Saturday evening (3/3), The New England Philharmonic with the Chorus pro Musica, the Providence Singers, the Boston Children's Chorus presented the War Requiem at the cathedral. We had a full house of almost 2000 people there. This was a wonderful follow up to the concert that was presented at the cathedral last month by Ronan Tynan. These cultural events afford the opportunity to invite people into the cathedral.
I was asked to make some welcoming remarks, so I took the opportunity to speak a little bit about what Holy Cross Cathedral is for us and also some of the activities that are carried on there: the two schools; the Cathedral Cares program, which provides health screenings and other care; the food pantry; the various ministries to the Hispanic and Ethiopian community; and St. Helena House. I also spoke about the creation of the Rollins Square housing development which was developed through the Archdiocese's Planning Office for Urban Affairs. The Rollins Square development has provided affordable housing for many moderate and low income families. All of this is just part of the life of the cathedral, but the main reason we are there is to give witness to our faith in God and to work to build a civilization of love.
Msgr. Helmick anniversary