Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley Blesses the Central Catholic High School Community with Special Mass
Over 1400 Central Catholic High School students, faculty, alumni, board members, and other honored guests recently enjoyed a visit from Cardinal Seán O’Malley as he presided over a very special Mass at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, MA on Monday, November 26, 2018. The Cardinal visited CCHS and other regional Catholic schools to connect with local communities and celebrate Mass.
Cardinal Seán was introduced by Central Catholic President Christopher Sullivan ‘81 in a standing room only Memorial Gymnasium, combined with the lively musical offerings of the CCHS Liturgical Band and Choir. “We are truly blessed and honored to have His Eminence Cardinal Seán O’Malley here with us today and we truly appreciate him sharing his time, wisdom, and guidance with the Central Catholic community,” said Sullivan.
Cardinal Seán delivered a touching Homily about focusing not just on gifts this holiday season, but also on the gift giver. “Everything we are and everything we have is a gift from a loving God. Catholic education is about discovering God in our lives and finding the meaning and purpose in our lives,” said the Cardinal. “It gives me great joy to be here at Central Catholic High School and I am grateful to the Marist Brothers for founding this school. I am delighted to be here and appreciative for all who are in attendance.”
Kathleen Mears, Superintendent at the Archdiocese of Boston joined the Cardinal for the visit. They were presented gifts for their dedicated service to the Catholic community from CCHS Seniors Maria Graziano and John Boyle on behalf of the CCHS community. “Thank you for your vocation, your love, and for sharing both of those with us today,” said the students.
Rev. John W. Delaney, a graduate of Central Catholic’s Class of 1979 and current Pastor for Sacred Hearts Parish in Bradford, Massachusetts also assisted with the Mass. A small reception followed the Mass where Cardinal Seán was able to interact with CCHS students, faculty and special guests.