Our Historic Day with Cardinal Sean

Our Historic Day with Cardinal Sean

Yesterday Cardinal Sean celebrated mass at our parish, Immaculate Conception in Salem, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the present church’s dedication. It was a beautiful mass, a wonderful celebration. I wish I had a copy of the cardinal’s homily, which really touched my heart. I can share a slide show of photos, taken by Dom’s colleague, George Martell, an amazing photo journalist with 30 years experience. If you look at his website, you can see the beautiful work documenting weddings. Now, the archdiocese is privileged to have him serving the Church. 

As you can see, George captured some lovely photos of our lovely church and our parish family and especially of Isabella and Sophia and the whole Bettinelli family. Dom introduced me and the girls to Cardinal Sean. Dom’s office is on the same floor as the cardinal’s and I was impressed that Cardinal Sean knew him by name. Bella was too shy to say anything and turned her head away, even though she faithfully prays for our cardinal archbishop every night at bedtime.

Dom wrote about this event on his blog.

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