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									April/May 2008                                                              Volume 20, No. 2

Dear Chaplains,

It is my privilege to write this letter to you, my       In all three of the synoptic Gospels, we read of
first since becoming Assistant Director of               those who lowered the paralytic through the
Health Care Ministry for the Archdiocese.                roof to place him in front of Jesus for healing.
                                                         In imitation of these faith-filled friends, we
As you probably know, the Archdiocese of                 invite you to bring those in need of healing to
Boston is celebrating its Bicentennial this year.        the Annual Mass of Hope and Healing, which
On the “Journey Together in Christ” calendar             will be celebrated by Cardinal Seán O’Malley,
created for this celebration, each month is              OFM Cap. Those who have attended this Mass
dedicated to a different ministry. The month of          in the past have been deeply touched. (Please
April, dedicated to Health Care and Social               post the enclosed flyer.)
Services, reads as follows, “This month we
honor the charitable services of the                     The Mass will also be a wonderful opportunity
Archdiocese of Boston.         Historically, the         for you to celebrate the
Church has provided a wealth of services to the          compassionate, healing
poor, the needy, and those in pain – reaching            ministry that you provide
out far beyond our own membership. Through               in health care facilities and
our hospitals and social services, we have               to be acknowledged for the
answered the call of Christ to serve and not be          profound gift you are to the
served. We honor all those involved in this              Archdiocese of Boston.
important contribution to the mission of the             Please plan to attend this
Church.”                                                 wonderful celebration.

Health Care Ministry in the Archdiocese is               The witness of Jesus’ healing ministry is lived
celebrating two important events in April: the           out in the day-to-day ministry that brings you
Annual Gathering of Pastoral Visitors on                 to the bedside of those in need of healing. We
Saturday, April 26, and the Mass of Hope and             have received many wonderful letters of
Healing on Sunday, April 27.                             gratitude from patients, staff, and families that
                                                         give witness to the power of your ministry.
Please encourage your Pastoral Visitors/                 May God continue to bless your efforts on
Eucharistic Ministers to attend the Annual               behalf of those who are ill among us.
Gathering of Pastoral Visitors. Celia Sirois, a
well-known Scripture teacher, will present “A            May the peace, love, and joy of Christ be with
Reflection on Mary’s Visit to Elizabeth.” It is          you during this Easter Season and always,
a wonderful opportunity for pastoral visitors to
gather and to be enriched and supported in
their ministry. (Please post the enclosed flyer.)        Joanne Gaffney

Transitions                                                     Retreats
Margaret (Peggy) Connors has left Lahey Clinic to               “Come, Rest Awhile: A Day of Rest, Reflection
accept a teaching position at Emmanuel College. Ann             and Renewal” will be offered on Sunday, April
Marie Houghton has accepted a part-time position at             13, 9:30 to 3:30 at St. Joseph Retreat Center in
Lahey. Ann Marie, who has a Doctorate in Ministry               Cohasset. This day is being offered for all those
from Andover-Newton Theological School,          has
                                                                who spend time caring for others—at home, in
extensive experience in health care as well as in
spiritual direction, retreat ministry and higher
                                                                professional settings or as volunteers. Nan
education.                                                      Bouché, chaplain and spiritual director, will
                                                                facilitate the day. For more information, call the
Congratulations!                                                retreat house at 781-383-6024 or visit the web
                                                                site at
We received official notification that Sr. Christiana
Onyewuche, EHJ, pastoral minister at St. Katharine              “The Road to Emmaus”, a post Easter retreat
Drexel Parish in Roxbury, has been recently certified           weekend, will be held at Eastern Point Retreat
by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.              House in Gloucester, April 11 to 13. For further
Congratulations, Sister Christiana!                             details, refer to the website:
                                                       or call 978-283-0013.

          Please keep Deacon Ted Koval, Chaplain
            at Life Care Center of the North Shore,
            Lynn, in your prayers. His wife Stephanie
           died on March 2. Also, please keep Judy
          Talvacchia, Chaplain at Mary Immaculate
Restorative Center in Lawrence, and her father,
Bruno Talvacchia, in your prayers.             Judy’s
stepmother, Connie Talvacchia, died on February 29.

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                                                                  Office of Life and Family Ministries
“Love is as strong as death…”                                           Archdiocese of Boston
                Song of Songs 8:6

This article was written by Nancy Kleiman, a harpist,                  When a Child Dies
about a wonderful experience at Brigham and
Women’s Hospital..                                                Our Pastoral Response and Ongoing
         Like many harpists, I have played for                            Care for Families
countless weddings of anxious brides and love-struck
grooms. The settings vary from houses of worship to
            hotel ballrooms; ocean views to canopies
            of trees. Always there are tears amid
                                                                         A Workshop for all who
         laughter, joy and hope for the future.                          Minister to Families
                Today was no different except that the
      beautiful young bride was dying and the setting                       Monday, May 12 9:00
                                                                              am – 3:00 pm
was in a tiny hospital room surrounding her bed. Her
simple gown was a “johnny”. Her lips were covered
with a mask to help her breathe and her “veil” was                Registration and Morning Coffee begin at 8:30 am
the small cotton cap that covered her lockless crown.
                                                                          Peterson Hall
She was radiant as she held hands with her groom
and listened to the chaplain read from the Song of               2121 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton
Songs, “Arise my beloved and come to me.”
         My main job is to provide soothing music
throughout the lobbies and corridors of two major                    Morning coffee and lunch will be served.
Boston hospitals as a gift to its patients, families and               Registration fee is $20 per person.
staff. But when the chaplain called to ask me to play
bedside for a wedding, I knew I would be receiving a                   The Ministry of Hospital Chaplains
gift far greater than I could ever give ~ a gift of
                                                                 Martha Sullivan, Caritas St. Margaret Center
witnessing the power of love to transcend death.
         I arrived early on the floor in hopes of filling        Mary Fitzgerald, New England Medical Center
the space with calm and reverence befitting the                    “Circle of Caring" Pediatric Palliative Care
occasion. From behind my harp, I watched dedicated                                   Program
nurses transform themselves into party planners as                   Jeannine B. Hight, Hospice of Boston
they arranged food and decorations for a makeshift
                                                                              Immediate Parish Response
celebration. Flowers miraculously appeared and the
chaplains rushed to copy a song the bride requested             Fr. Patrick Armano, Parochial Vicar St. Joseph
us to sing. From the elevator doors, family and                                     Needham
friends poured into the hallway and the mother of the             Fran Hauck, Pastoral Associate Holy Name
groom, surprised to see the harp, hesitantly asked if I                          West Roxbury
would be around later. “Of course!” I smiled. “I’m
                                                                               Ongoing Parish Care
here for the wedding.”
         As I positioned the harp close to the bride’s          Jane Kuklis, Youth Minister St. Mary Scituate
pillow, I reminded the family that music is a conduit           Mary Gallagher, Pastoral Associate St Agatha,
for emotion and that the harp’s job was simply to                                     Milton
translate all the love in the room into music. Crying              Sr. Mary Corripio, Coordinator Office of
would be the grace notes that enhance the score.
Together we would create the sacred space in which                              Cultural Diversity
love would circulate around this couple and allow
them to enter the dance of a cosmic love song that is               Information regarding other speakers and
eternal.                                                        Registration forms for this workshop are available
         Never were the words of the Song of Songs
more powerful as they declared, “I assure you that
my love for you will never die.”                       or by calling Joanne Curry at

                 Save the Dates!                                         Available Positions

Annual Mass of Hope and Healing                              Coordinator of Catholic Pastoral Services
April 27, 2008                                                           Beverly Hospital
11:30 AM                                                                     30 hours
Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston
Spring Retreat                                             • Provide comprehensive pastoral care to patients
May 8, 2008                                                • Collaborate with local priests to provide on-call
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM                                            sacramental ministry
Eastern Point Retreat House, Gloucester                    • Train, coordinate, and support Eucharistic Minis-
Presenter: Nina Lauzon Pension                                ters.
           Scripture teacher, spiritual director           Qualifications:
                                                           • Advanced theological training.
Unfortunately, accommodations for overnight stay are       • Minimum of two units of CPE
not available at the retreat house, however, the           • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.
Colonial Inn is located nearby.        For further
                                                             Coordinator of Catholic Pastoral Services
information visit: or call 978-281-1953.                               Milton Hospital
                                                                             20 hours
Gathering of Northeast Chaplains                                  (Mondays through Thursdays)
May 19, 2008
NACC chaplains are invited to attend an educational        • Provide comprehensive pastoral care to patients
gathering at Assumption College, Worchester, MA on         • Collaborate with local priests to provide on-call
Monday, May 19, 2008, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Virginia            sacramental ministry
                                                           • Train, coordinate, and support Eucharistic Minis-
Kimball, a theologian, laywoman and mother of nine
will reflect on Mary and chaplaincy. David Lichter,        Qualifications:
NACC’s Executive Director, will also attend and            • Advanced theological training.
provide news on NACC. Thanks goes to Fr. Tom               • Minimum of two units of CPE
Garlick for helping to arrange this. More details to       • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.
                                                            Send resumes to:
Annual Gathering for Chaplains                                   Joanne Gaffney
September 11, 2008                                              Assistant Director, Health Care Ministry
3:00 to 7:00 PM                                             E-mail:
                                                            Fax: 617-746-5754
Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Brighton
                                                            Mail: Office of Parish Outreach Ministries
Guest Speaker: David A. Lichter, D. Min.                          2121 Commonwealth Avenue
                Executive Director, NACC                          Brighton, MA 02135

                “ The early Christians ignored the danger of death...they never
                noticed how many were against them, nor the power of
                strength nor wisdom of their enemies. Their power was
                greater than all that: theirs was the power of Him who had died
                on the cross and risen again.”
                                                                                    —St. John Chrysostom
                                                                                    Constantinople, 407 AD

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