Council #81 helps out at the St. Michael’s Parish Picnic
Council #81 Salutes a WWII Catholic Hero: Sgt. Alfred Sandini.
Council #81 turned out to welcome Sgt. Alfred 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.
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.