, Salem, MA


February 27, 2014

Letter: St. Richard's looks back, forward


In honor of this historic year, it is my pleasure to announce the planning committee has bestowed upon the community of St. Richard Parish these gifts:

The framed papal blessing from Pope Francis commemorating our 50th year as a parish;

The framed historical timeline and framed poster of our four pastors, which are now hanging in the lower church hall;

A Philips AED defibrillator for the main church;

The remaining balance of $3,757.06 from the anniversary account to the major gift initiative to address the accessibility issues to our parish facilities;

And a Belgium altar cloth for the main altar, which was given in my honor as chairman for the anniversary committee.

This extremely thoughtful action touched me to the core. It is a true symbol of this year as we all came to the table to remember, celebrate and believe.

I am most grateful for the many friends I have made this year, hearing the stories, making new ones, deepening my faith and receiving the many blessings from the community of St. Richard Parish.

Betsy Geheb


St. Richard Parish anniversary celebration planning committee

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