, Salem, MA

January 29, 2013

Letter: Anniversary kickoff was fantastic

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

It was a fantastic day for our community as we joined together for our 50th Anniversary Celebration Kick Off Mass and Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 13.

Acknowledging the Feast of Baptism, Father Bruce Flannagan and Deacon Edward Elibero welcomed our catechumens in the presence of the parishioners of St. Richard Parish. The church was filled with balloons, historical photos, white poinsettias and joy as music filled our ears with song, including the hymn “We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe.” Home Blessing packets were distributed at the end of Mass as the song “Day by Day” from the play “Godspell” was sung. The words of the song were based on the Prayer of St. Richard. A pancake breakfast was served to 300 people prior to Mass in the church hall.

A special thank you to all of our donors, volunteers and CCD students.

Donors: Dot and Roger Richard, Sam Ciruolo Sr., Frank Cobuzzi, Eileen Herzog, Mary and Ray Jalbert, Jim and Maureen Larivee, Joe and Michele Amari, Costco Wholesale, Jim and Pat Crosby, Jack and Altie Nichols, and Fred and Betsy Geheb.

Volunteers: John Call, Anne DeStefano, Kathy and Dave Gannon, Betsy Geheb, Cathy Moschella, Altie and Jack Nichols, Roger and Dot Richard, Mary Roach, Ethel Trask, Maureen Wight, Jim and Patty Sears, Sam and Sandra Ciruolo, Chris Duncan, Eileen Herzog, Mary and Ray Jalbert, Jim and Maureen Larivee, Joanne Letty, Donna McCarriston, Ann and Dane Poeske, Joan Sadoway, Garrett and Libby Siegel, Christine Newhall, Joe and Michele Amari, Claudia DeLorenzo, Mark Hayward, Delores Hartman, Josephine Stafferi, and Brenda Myers.

CCD high school students, with Director Doreen Verda: Marisa Kouroubacalis, Michael Kouroubacalis, Meghan Dahlquist, Nino Pingaro, Erin Flynn, Bethany Geary, Brendan Powers, Sam Desmarais, Victoria Ambrifi, Christina Liotti, Emily Roach, Jimmy McCarristion, Kevin Driscoll, Tim Klocker, Tim Guinee, Matt Knowles, Amanda Amari, Jimmy Hopkins, Raquel Leslie, Colleen Berry, Caitlin McBride and Joe O’Donnell.

A special thank you is extended to our Kick Off Mass chairmen, Alite Nichols and Jim Sears, and to our Pancake Breakfast chairmen, Joe and Michele Amari. Also to our pastor, Father Bruce Flannagan, Deacon Ed Elibero and the parish staff.

Please check our website,,

for our 50th anniversary celebration February events or our Facebook page at

Betsy Geheb

50th Anniversary

Celebration Chairman

St. Richard Parish