Director’s Report

It is hard to believe that December is here and that this year is almost over. With the year’s end, we all have lots to do in our Divisions. By now your elections are over and your new officers are ready to begin their duties. Thanks to all retiring Division officers for your hard work during your terms of office. Remember to get in your election and per capita reports to your County, State and National secretaries. These forms will facilitate our efforts in providing the proper information to the right people in all jurisdictions.

Keep sending in your Charities and Missions reports to me. Our Order needs to show our works on a national level. Please go to our website at www.aoh.com and print out our forms for your charitable events. The reports are self-explanatory. Fill in all requested information and send to me.

Remember to be sure that the donation you are reporting is, in fact, a charitable cause and not simply a donation. List the charity benefited in your report. Man-hours should only be reported when they are worked supporting a recognized charitable organization or event. Donations to the AOH National Board and Hibernian Charity managed funds such as FFAI, Project St. Patrick, National History Day, Hibernian Hunger, etc., are encouraged. Donations to scholarship funds are also acceptable. Don’t forget to inform your local newspaper and your church bulletins of your good works. Have information on our Order readily available at your functions. Use these as an organizing tool to bring in new members.

Please remember that in working to help those in need in your community, that no effort is too small. If you organize a function or make a donation in accordance with our guidelines, we want to hear from you.

Any questions, call or email me at  norrisaoh@aol.com or (570) 323-7789. I want to wish all Beannachtai na Nollag daoibh.

Massachusetts News

 

On Saturday, September 24th the Lowell Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 1 and the Men’s Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 19, gathered at St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell for their 10th Annual Year of installing granite cemetery markers for Early Irish Immigrant families.  These families were laid to rest without benefit of a marker during the turn of the 19th century.  Donna Reidy, Chairperson of the Mercy Drive Project starts early in the spring of each year to seek out ancient unmarked graves, with permission from St. Patrick Cemetery, new markers are ordered and installed for the dedication ceremony scheduled each September.   Father Nicolas Sannella Pastor of the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell is shown blessing the newly marked graves as the Lowell Hibernians read the names of those departed souls in remembrance.

The Hibernians coordinate many fundraising events throughout the year to maintain their Scholarship funds and to support many local charities that write to them for help each year.   Aside from that, they hold a specific fundraiser just for their cemetery work when needed.   To date the Lowell Hibernians have placed the names of 104 Early Irish Immigrants over their final resting place.

Nancy Rudolph, a member of the LAOH in Lowell, produced and directed a fabulous Irish Show called “A Little Bit of Ireland” which was presented to a packed house at the Lowell Senior Center.  All proceeds from the show were donated to the Ladies for their cemetery work and those proceeds will carry the Mercy Drive Project for two more years.  We extend a great big ‘THANK YOU’ to Nancy Rudolph and her circle of wonderful friends in the theatre who generously donated their time and talent to make the show a huge success.

The next event coming up for the Lowell Hibernians Scholarship Fund is the Cahal Dunne Concert planned for late October at the Lowell Lodge of Elks.  It should be a night of laughter and entertainment.

National Board Jewelry Appointee, Mary Ellen Pelletier continued a family tradition. She was awarded National Life Membership at the LAOH National Board Interim Meeting in Long Island, New York on September 10, 2011. Mary Ellen is a member of Division 8 in Lawrence, MA and is a Past Massachusetts State President. Shown with Mary Ellen is her Mom, Mary Nyhan, also a member of Division 8 and a Past Essex County President. Mrs. Nyhan was awarded her National Life Membership in 2009.

 

 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, Lowell Division 1 of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. attended a 5:30 Mass at the Immaculate Conception Church, Lowell in celebration of their 25th Anniversary.  Rev. John W. Hanley, O.M.I. is former Pastor of St. Williams Parish in Tewksbury, MA and former LAOH Hibernian Chaplain for the Ladies over many years.  Rev. Hanley is now Retreat Director of the Oblate Retreat House in Willimantic, CT so the Ladies were fortunate to have him officiated at their 25th Anniversary celebration.  Immediately following Mass, all the ladies enjoyed a catered buffet held in the church hall, which was colorfully decorated with bright yellow mums to embrace the fall season.

During the last 25 years, the ladies have been hard at work organizing and supporting many fundraising events that support scholarship funds and many local charities that write to us for help each year.  The ladies are certainly a positive influence in the Lowell community and each year they strive to make a difference wherever they see the need.  Congratulations Ladies, thank you and keep up the good work.

 

LAOH Division 1, Lowell MA – 25th Anniversary Dinner Celebration

 

Left to right front row: Past Division President’s Eileen Sullivan, Jeannine Dunn and Anita Campbell. Left to right back row: Past Division President’s Maureen Barter, Carolyn MacDonald, Marian O’Brien, Noreen Conlon, presiding Division President Joyce Burgess and Hibernian Chaplain Rev. John W. Hanley, O.M.I., former Pastor of St. Williams Parish in Tewksbury, MA and former LAOH Hibernian Chaplain for many years. Rev. Hanley is now located in Willimantic, CT as is presently Director of the Oblate Retreat House.

Director’s Report

The Holiday Season is over and our Big season will soon begin.  We as Hibernians know how to celebrate our Patron Saint’s Day.  We will have Masses, parades, parties and the like.  That is all great but let’s not forget our alms for the poor.  As we move into this season let’s not forget our charitable works.  As I stated in our last Digest issue, please go to our website at www.aoh.com and print out our forms for your charitable works.  The reports are self explanatory.  Fill in all the requested information and send them to me.

Remember to be sure that the donation you are reporting is in fact a charitable cause and not simply a donation.  List the charity benefited in your report.   Man-hours should only be reported when they are worked supporting a recognized charitable organization or event.  Donations to AOH National Board and Hibernian Charity managed funds such as FFAI, Project St. Patrick, Hibernian Hunger, etc. are encouraged.  Donations to scholarship funds are also acceptable.  Don’t forget to inform your local newspaper and church bulletins of your good works.  Have information on our Order with you at your functions.  Use these as an organizing tool to bring in new members.

Please remember that in working to help those in need in your community, no effort is too small.  If you organize a function or make a donation in accordance with our guidelines we want to hear from you.

Any questions, call or email me at;  norrisaoh@aol.com or 570-323-7789.

Adh mor oraibh agus Beannachtai na Phadraig daoibh.

Charities and Missions

It is hard to believe that December is here and that this year is just about over.  With the year’s end, we all have lots to do in our Divisions.  By now your elections are over and your new officers are ready to begin their duties.   Thanks to all retiring Division officers for your hard work during your terms in office.  Remember to get your election and per capita reports in to your county, state and national secretaries.  These forms will facilitate our efforts in providing the proper information to the right people in all jurisdictions.

Your Charities and Missions reports are starting to come in now.  I understand a lot of you don’t submit reports because you don’t want the recognition.  Please do not let that stop you.  I know that we were all raised not to flaunt our good works.  However, this is not just for you.  Our Order needs to show our works on a national level.  Please go to our website at www.aoh.com and print out our forms for your charitable works.  The reports are self explanatory.  Fill in all the requested information and send them to me.

Remember to be sure that the donation you are reporting is in fact a charitable cause and not simply a donation.  List the charity benefited in your report.   Man-hours should only be reported when they are worked supporting a recognized charitable organization or event.  Donations to AOH National Board and Hibernian Charity managed funds such as FFAI, Project St. Patrick, National History Day, Hibernian Hunger, etc are encouraged.  Donations to scholarship funds are also acceptable.  Don’t forget to inform your local newspaper and church bulletins of your good works.  Have information on our Order with you at your functions.  Use these as an organizing tool to bring in new members.

Please remember that in working to help those in need in your community, no effort is too small.  If you organize a function or make a donation in accordance with our guidelines we want to hear from you.

Any questions, call or email me at;  norrisaoh@aol.com or 570-323-7789.  I want to wish all a Merry Christmas and Beannachtai na Nollag daoibh.

Michigan

There are seven Divisions in the State of Michigan with the oldest and largest being the Stephen J. Walsh Division, located in Detroit.  Being in the city of Detroit presents many opportunities to interact with the poor, intercity schools and parishes.  The Walsh Division sponsors many fund-raisers throughout the year at their own Hibernian Hall on Grand River and rents other Halls in the area for their larger events, like the annual Charity Ball.  Proceeds from this year’s Charity Ball ($4,500) went to the St. Robert Bellarmine School.  To encourage active participation by the selected school, proceeds from the event are directly proportional to the number of ticket sales and program ads obtained by the school. Last year (2009), the Stephen J. Walsh Division distributed over $9,900 from their various fund raisers, including the $4,500 to St. Robert Bellarmine School, $2,500 to the Hospice of Michigan, and $1,700 to the Court of St. Brigid Endowment and Scholarship Funds. The 155 members of the Walsh Division are aptly led by their President, Chris Scanlan, and their Chaplain, Fr. Richard Lilieart.  If you’re ever in the Detroit area, stop by and visit our Hall, at 24242 Grand River – all Hibernians and their friends are welcome.

Massachusetts News

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.