The Catholic Family Festival gathers the wide variety of cultures in the Archdiocese of Boston – more than 30 of these cultures – for a day of praying together and experiencing the many expressions of particular cultures, including food, music, dancing, and worship.
On Wednesday 11 March 2014, Fr. Michael Harrington, director of the office of cultural diversity; Janet Benestad, secretary for the new evangelization; and Karm Syndia Agustin, a parishioner of our parish (St. Angela’s Parish, Mattapan), join Scot Landry and Fr. Chris O’Connor to discuss the festival and how it gathers families from all backgrounds to pray together as one.
We are all still digesting the events of the Marathon.
Many in our community have been physically scarred. Some have lost their lives. All of us have been emotionally scarred. As more and more information emerges more and more questions will arise. The usual questions of who, what, when, where, how will be there. The question that will haunt us will be why? How could two human beings be so callous and knowingly maim and kill their innocent brothers and sisters? How could such evil intent enter the minds of individuals? After the initial killings what drove the two brothers to continue the slaughter?
Alongside this behavior we saw the heroic, loving and caring responses of so many of our fellow citizens and neighbors. Maybe the two young men did not see the other people on Boylston Street as brothers and sisters. How could people live in our community for so long and yet see the world and their neighbors so differently?
In today’s Gospel the scene of the Last Supper reflects some of our own reality. Judas is not there. He has left the table, He is about to act with deliberate selfish, greedy murderous intent. He is about to take the life of an innocent victim. Someone he has lived and traveled with. It is at this meal that Jesus gives His Apostles and us his New Commandment: To love one another. Judas never understood the message. He hardened his heart.
We live in a world where people’s hearts can still be hardened. Jesus challenges us more than ever to love one another as He loved us. Let us pray that our hearts are not hardened by the often callous and Godless world of our secular society. The Acts of the Apostles, which we read during the Easter Season, is the story of the Apostles and the early Church living out Jesus’ Command: To love one another. They did not allow their hearts to harden. Let us follow their example and bring the love of Christ into our city and world.
Le MEJ – Mouvement Eucharistique Des Jeunes or YEM – Youth Echaristic Movement of St. Matthew’s Dorchester.
MEJ – MOUVEMENT EUCHARISTIC DES JEUNES OF ST MATTHEW’S will celebrate their 24th Anniversary at the 11AM Mass at St. Matthew’s Dorchester next Sunday 5 May 2013. The following Saturday 11 May 2013, they are inviting you to a cultural night of festivities that include folkloric dances, songs, poems, live music and refreshment. Click here for more details about MEJ – Mouvement Eucharistic Des Jeunes. Contact Jovenel Alphonse at 617-436-3590 or 617-298-0080.