Welcome Home, Sgt. Alfredo Sandini.
Council #81 turned out to welcome Sgt. Alfredo Sandini home after 75 years. Shot down over French Indochina in 1944, his remains came back to Marlborough and his funeral celebrated at Immaculate Conception. His remains will be interred next to his parents, who never gave up hope of seeing him returned home – as evidenced by the fact that they had his name and date of death inscribed on their gravestone in 1960.
Thanks to all Council #81 members for helping honor this Catholic hero, and especially the honor guard. We got help from Sir Knight Russ Lindquist from Northboro, who came in honor of his council mate, a nephew of Sgt. Sandini.
Special Funeral this Saturday
On February 15, 1944 a B-25 Mitchell Bomber based in China crashed after taking enemy fire over Thanh Hoa Province in French Indochina (now southern Vietnam). All six crewmen were killed, but the body of Marlboro resident, Tech. Sgt. Alfred Sandini was never identified. Last year, after 75 years, the POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced a positive match had been made using DNA analysis to his 94 year old younger brother John in Florida. His remains have been returned to Marlboro this week.
Alfred was from a big Italian family in Marlboro, and three of his four brothers fought in WWII. I personally knew his brother Louis well, who fought in the Army in Europe and wrote a book about his experience, and later became a lawyer in Marlboro for many years thereafter.
Sgt. Sandini will be finally laid to rest in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery after a funeral Mass at the I.C. lower church on Saturday morning, July 20th at 11:00 a.m.
Obviously, this will be a momentous funeral for our Parish and our City. Alfred was only 22, and we haven’t determined whether he was a Knight, but we do know that many of his brothers and family members were.
Fr. Steven Clemence, pastor at I.C., has specially reached out to Council #81 to make a showing to honor Sgt. Sandini. After 75 years, his real brothers cannot be there, but we can.
If you have some time on Saturday morning, please let me know and report to the I.C. Church at 10:30 a.m. We will form a receiving line in the right-hand driveway to line the walkway to the doors, probably with American Legion and VFW personnel on the opposite side. If you are a 4th degree knight and have the new uniform, please wear it. Otherwise, a dark suit and your pocket name badge. If you can also attend the graveside, we will stand in formation, but will have to stand clear of military units.
Because of the consternation over the retirement of KofC Regalia, we are having trouble finding any Color Corps members to stand as honor guards. We have only two so far, which is sad. Thus, it is really important at this critical time that our rank and file members turn out to honor our unique and special parishioner, a true Catholic hero.
Please let me know if you can attend. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festa Junina a big success!
Thanks to our brother Knights for supporting the Brazilian Catholic Community’s June Festival. The B.C.C. raised a bundle of money for the Immaculate Conception Church Fire Restoration Fund (the final tally hasn’t been announced yet).
Council #81 supported the B.C.C. by selling raffle tickets online from our website; selling raffle ticket after Masses; and we had three Knights staffing a tent for 8 hours during the festival and sold, in all, more than $4,000 in raffle tickets. We actually sold out about a half hour before the drawing.
Help Keep St. Paul’s Parish in Blackstone warm next winter!
St. Paul’s Parish in Blackstone is a small but vibrant parish which has suffered some challenging financial difficulties in the past few years. Their boiler blew up last fall, and unable to fund the repairs, the parishioners sustained the winter wearing heavy coats during Masses with no heat in the building. Now that’s a dedicated bunch of parishioners!
Their beloved pastor, Fr. Tim O’Mara, is the Friar of the McSweeney Fourth Degree Assembly, and also well loved by his brother Knights. He’s been seen riding his Harley with a black leather jacket with the K of C emblem on the back and the inscription “Knights on Bikes.”
He related once how the state line of Rhode Island and Massachusetts actually runs through the middle of his church, sometimes requiring separate permits from Smithfield, RI and Blackstone, MA for plumbing or electrical repairs, and tradesmen licensed in both states! Rather than borrow, his parish is committed to raising the money for a new boiler on their own. You can help out by clicking the “Donate” button below.