FRONT COVER: The Advent Wreath in the Sanctuary of our Parish Church on Christmas Eve, 2011. The violet and rose candles of Advent are replaced with white candles on Holy Night and the “Christ Candle” in the center of the wreath signifies that Christ is born for us.
FRONT COVER: The Nuptial Mass of parishioners Bob and Mary Anne Mendolia at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Church in 1958. The Mendolias celebrated their 57th Wedding Anniversary this year. The original decorative painting of the sanctuary is very visible in this photo. One can also see the hanging chandelier which was brought from the old St. Mary’s Church to the new parish church in 1910.
Upper Falls is getting a community center!
by Jerry Reilly
Fabulous news in Upper Falls tonight.
The historic St. Elizabeths Center building on Elliot St is a 19th century Greek Revival style house owned by the Mary Immaculate church on Elliot St. In recent years it has been vacant and its fallen into serious disrepair.
The property has been on the market recently and there’s been lots of worries in the neighborhood that it would get condo-ized, knocked down, or otherwise broken up or destroyed.
At tonight’s Upper Falls Area Council meeting, local resident Christopher Osborne turned up and announced his family’s plans for the building. He and his sister Karen have an agreement to purchase of the building from the Catholic Church. They’ve got a wonderful plan to set up a non-profit to run the property and use the first and second floor as a community center for Upper Falls. They’ve got plans for the top floor and the basement being used for some combination of residential or commercial rental to fund the center on an ongoing basis.
The Osborne family is very well known here in Upper Falls. Karen is a lifelong Upper Falls booster who funds and works on all sorts of neighborhood projects – most notably the annual summertime neighborhood cookout/concert in Hemlock Gorge. Local hero Christopher Osborne is one of the founders and the master chef of the annual Feast of the Falls. Like his sister, Christopher is another longtime pillar of the neighborhood.
They’ve got a long road ahead of them with all the various regulatory, zoning, etc challenges but the train has just left the station on this great neighborhood project and from what I heard, the neighborhood Area Council was thrilled at the news tonight.
Over the last year, our Newton Nomadic Theater has performed at the Waban Library Center, the Auburndale Community Library and the Hyde Center. Seeing each of these community centers in action made me totally envious of those neighborhoods. Each of those institutions function as the heart of their neighborhoods – with all sorts of groups and activities coming and going on a day to day basis. It’s something I sorely missed here in Upper Falls.
I’m thrilled to hear that we may have something comparable here in Upper Falls thanks to the Osborne family.
Front cover: The altar of St. Leo Magnus (Pope Leo I, reigned 440-461 A.D.) in St. Peter’s basilica, Rome, by Alessandro Algardi (1602-1656 A.D.) The scene depicts the brave encounter Pope Leo had with Attila the Hun who was set to attack Rome in 452. Despite his ruthlessness and the helplessness of Italy lying before him, Attila the
King of the Huns retreated, seeing a vision of the Apostles Peter and Paul waving protective swords over Pope Leo as they were meeting.
Pastor’s Note: Mass Migration Past and Present
Weekly Scripture Study on Luke 24:13-35; Weekly Bible Study on the Epistles of St. Paul – Collosians; Bake Sale for the support of Fr. Desire Salako’s Mission in Liberia; Information about upcoming Advent Book Study featuring the book Marriage and Family in Sacred Scripture by Fr. Joseph Briody of St. John’s Seminary; Parish Announcements; Parish Fellowship; Parish Religious Education; Music Program; Mass Propers; Calendar of Masses and more.
When Karl Rahner came to the United States in the 1960s, he gave a talk to some Jesuit seminarians. One of them asked him, “Fr. Rahner, what must one do to become a theologian?” He answered immediately, “The first thing you have to do is master the four volumes of B.A.C.* Then you can begin to become a theologian.”
He added that those four volumes are the best summary of scholastic theology available. Needless to say, the young Jesuit seminarians at the time were rather shocked to hear the famous theologian praise a summary of scholastic and Thomistic theology.
Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.
*B.A.C. = Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos, literally “Library of Christian Authors,” the original publisher
The Sacrae Theologiae Summa (The Complete Sacred Theology) is being translated into English for the first time by Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J. Split into 8 volumes, to date six of them have been completed. The planned 8 volumes are:
IA Introduction to Theology. On the True Religion.
IB On the Church of Christ. On Holy Scripture.
IIA On the One and Triune God
IIB On God the Creator and Sanctifier. On Sins.
IIIA On the Incarnate Word. Mariology.
IIIB On Grace. On the Infused Virtues.
IVA On Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance and Anointing.
IVB On Holy Orders and Matrimony. On the Last Things.
The currently available volumes are available by mail order only (not by online order) from www.keepthefaith.org.
Front cover is an autumn scene from the parish cemetery.
Pastor’s Note: SAINT AUGUSTINE ON THE DUTIES TO THE DEAD
Weekly Scripture Study on Luke 24:1-12; Weekly Bible Study on the Epistles of St. Paul; Bake Sale for the support of Fr. Desire Salako’s Mission in Liberia; Information about upcoming Advent Book Study featuring the book Marriage and Family in Sacred Scripture by Fr. Joseph Briody of St. John’s Seminary; Mary’s Mantle Prayer Shawl Ministry; Parish Fellowship; Parish Religious Education; Music Program; Mass Propers; Calendar of Masses and more.
Front cover: The tapestry of Saints Zelie and Louis Martin, displayed in St. Peter’s Square at their Mass of Canonization on October 18th, 2015. They are the first married couple canonized together in the history of the Church. They were the parents of nine children, the youngest of whom became St. Therese of Lisieux, the “Little Flower.”
Pastor’s Note: ALL SAINTS DAY AND SAINTS OF MATRIMONY
Weekly Scripture Study on Luke 23:44-56; Parish Fellowship; Parish Religious Education; Ladies Sodality Retreat this coming weekend; Music Program; Mass Propers; Calendar of Masses and more.