'Saturday (2/27), I visited Immaculate Conception in Lowell to celebrate a Mass to mark the completion of their church restorations.' Pilot photo/CardinalSeansBlog.org
I want to begin this week saying how sad I was to hear the news that four Missionaries of Charity were killed together with another 12 people when terrorists attacked their convent in Yemen. I ask that you join me in praying for the many Catholic missionaries who are risking their lives every day in countries where they are targeted for practicing the works of mercy.
Mass in Lowell
Saturday (2/27), I visited Immaculate Conception in Lowell to celebrate a Mass to mark the completion of their church restorations. Immaculate Conception is one of the grand churches we have in the archdiocese but, unfortunately, because of very serious structural problems, we were in danger of possibly having to close the church. (It's always sad to have to close a church but, when the church is that monumental, it is truly tragic.) In fact, for a long time, Mass had to be celebrated in the church basement. However, thanks to the dedication and incredible energy of Father Nick Sannella, the church has been saved. We were joined by a full church of people from Lowell, who are so proud and grateful that this landmark for their Church and their city has been saved. The Oblates of Mary Immaculate had staffed that church for many years and we were very happy that the former pastor, Father John Hanley, was also able to be with us for the occasion. I'm sure the Oblates are also very happy to see the church rescued.
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