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Worcester, MA Commemorates Easter Sunday Uprising of 1916

On Sunday, April 11, 2010, Worcester LAOH and AOH gathered for their Annual Mass at St. John’s Church to commemorate the Easter Sunday Uprising of 1916.  Immediately following Mass, the attendees formed a march from St. John’s Church to the beautiful Celtic Cross displayed in the picture which stands next to Worcester’s City Hall for the closing ceremony.   The Proclamation of Independence was read as well as prayers in both Irish and English.  The ceremony concluded with singing the Irish and American National anthems.   Following the ceremony, LAOH and AOH members in attendance enjoyed their Annual Communion Breakfast Buffet and a moment to pause and reflect on the meaningful events of the morning.  Guest speaker at the Communion Breakfast was Fr. John McCarthy of the Irish Pastoral Center in Quincy, MA who spoke on “Emigration – legality vs. illegality”.  Fr. McCarthy’s presentation from a Christian perspective was very moving and thought provoking. Worcester’s LAOH Division 36 has been very busy throughout the year and is growing quickly.  They recently held a Mass in honor of St. Brigid and combined it with a “baby shower” for the Pernet Association which is managed by the Little Sisters of the Assumption.   The Pernet Association is a neighborhood center which served the needy and underprivileged families in an area near the Hibernian Center.  LAOH Division 36 ladies also support St. John’s Food Pantry regularly as well as maintaining scholarship funds for students attending local Catholic schools.

: (L to R) Richard Connor, James Browne, Mary Whidden, LAOH President of Division 36 in Worcester, LAOH Past Division President, Anne Quinlivan and AOH President of Division 36 in Worcester, Patrick O’Connell.

Worcester LAOH Ladies have been recognized and are recipients of awards from the St. Patrick’s Day Committee for their tireless contributions to the LAOH and advancement of the order. Pictured outside St. John’s Church after attending the Annual Mass to commemorate the Easter Sunday Uprising are (L to R) Nora Donahue, Ar Teanga Fein, the Irish Language Class and Rosemary Foley, Division 36 Hibernian Award winner.