Salem Community Patriot June 25, 2010 - 9
Firefighter Memorial - continued from front page
Courage to share and endure the ordeal of those who need me. I promise strength – strength of heart to bear whatever burdens might be placed upon me. Strength of body to deliver to safety all those within my care. I promise the wisdom to lead, the compassion to comfort, and the love to serve unselfishly whenever I am called. Assistant Fire Chief Paul Parisi then
followed suit with the firefighters’ poem titled “May They Not Be Forgotten.”
Josh Peatfield plays “Taps”
All of the deceased firemen and women were recognized by name to the somber crowd. Then, bagpiper Skip Hebert, a retired Salem fire chief, played
“Amazing Grace,” and bugler Josh Peatfield played “Taps.” A short moment of silence brought the unit to order of arms, followed by a benediction, and then final dismissal by Fire Chief Breen.
All retired firemen and women present at the ceremony were asked to stay for group photos. Finally, everyone in attendance was invited back to Central Fire Station for a full complimentary breakfast.
Flag Ceremony - continued from front page
September 20-23, 1937, that the ritual submitted herewith be adopted for use by The American Legion and that it be made the official ceremony for the destruction of unserviceable American Flags, and to be included as such in the Manual of Ceremonies of The American Legion. The purpose of The American Legion in adopting this ceremony was to encourage proper respect for the Flag of the United States and to provide for disposal of unserviceable flags in a dignified manner. Resolution No. 373, approved by the National Convention of The American Legion meeting in Chicago, Illinois, September 18 - 20, 1944, re-emphasized the purpose of proper public Flag disposal ceremonies and encouraged greater use of this ceremony by The American Legion. The resolution adopted is as follows: Our Flag, which we love and
In a proper service of tribute and memory and love, our flag becomes faded and worn must be honorably retired from life; and such retirement of Flags that have become unserviceable may be done in public with respectful and honorable rites: therefore be it. That The American Legion in
convention assembled at Chicago, Illinois, September 18 - 20, 1944, urge that the National Headquarters use all means to foster and promote through the proper channels, the greater use
of the official American Legion Ceremony for the Disposal of Unserviceable Flags as outlined in the Manual of Ceremonies, and be it further that Flag Day, June 14, be recommended as the most appropriate day on which to annually hold this ceremony. We have presented here these Flags of our Country, which have been inspected and condemned as unserviceable. They have reached their present state in a proper service of tribute, memory and love.
A Flag may be a flimsy bit of printed gauze, or a beautiful banner of finest silk. Its intrinsic value may be trifling or great; but its real value is beyond price, for it is a precious symbol of all that we and our comrades have worked for and lived for, and died for a free Nation of free men, true to the faith of the past, devoted to the ideals and practice of Justice, Freedom, and Democracy.
Enrico Cassaletto organizes the ceremony
Let these faded Flags or our Country be retired and destroyed with respectful and honorable rites and their places be taken by bright new Flags of the same size and kind, and let no grave of our soldier or sailor dead be unhonored and unmarked.”
St. Joseph’s Parish - continued from front page
Under the direction of the new pastor, Fr. John J. Boyd, fieldstones were gathered for the church that stands today. The building was completed in 1929, and was dedicated on July 7 by Bishop Georges Marie-Albert Guertin, DD, of Manchester. The building was constructed in the English Tudor style, the architectural form of many buildings in Oxford, England. When the growth of the area’s Catholic community could no longer be contained in St. Joseph church, new parishes were created and churches were constructed at St. Matthew in Windham and Mary Queen of Peace in south Salem, claims the church’s history. In 2005, the Society of Jesus agreed to staff the parish with a small community in residence, and on August 15, Rev. Richard Cleary, SJ, became pastor. The current pastor, Rev. John W. Michalowski, SJ, has been serving since February 15, 2006. The parish has been blessed by the presence of these men and the other Jesuit priests assigned to the parish. For several years, the two Salem parishes of
St. Joseph and Mary Queen of Peace have been working together in anticipation of combining into one parish. In July, they will merge into a new entity, the Parish of Saints Mary and Joseph. Sacramental celebrations will continue to be held at both facilities. Throughout 2010, St. Joseph Parish has been engaged in a number of activities that involved “hundreds” to commemorate the centennial. In January, the religious education classes at St. Joseph and Mary Queen of Peace donated hundreds of bottles of children’s chewable vitamins for distribution by the MQP Honduran Mission team during their annual mission trip. In February, the children of St. Joseph Regional Catholic School donated hundreds of children’s books to the Lazarus House Pre-School Learning Center. In April, all the parishioners were challenged to spend 100 hours with God in worship, prayer, and study over the coming year. Also in April, a live music praise and worship event was held at the parish. In May, parishioners donated over a hundred Spanish- language Bibles and Hymnals for distribution by the St. Joseph Mexican Mission Team on their annual mission trip. Throughout the first half of the year, over a hundred young parishioners
participated in a Youth Ministry project serving the least favored at Cor Unum Meal Center. In June, the St. Joseph Quilters completed a centennial quilt in a stained-glass pattern that features an image of the church. The quilters have been making and donating many quilts to homeless shelters and nursing facilities. On June 27, the celebration culminates in a solemn Mass concelebrated by the bishop of Manchester Diocese, the priests of the parish, and other priests who formerly were assigned here. The Mass is followed by a social hour and dinner. We thank God for the many great blessings of a hundred years, and rededicate ourselves to spreading the Good News of salvation.
(Information for this article courtesy of St. Joseph Parish historians.)
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