A Tradition of Grace & Service
Annual Diocesan Mass for Secretaries Celebrated at Cathedral

By Michael Strammiello, Executive Editor, Four County Catholic

Norwich – The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich celebrated the 21st Annual Mass for Secretaries at the Cathedral of St. Patrick, April 26, 2016, assisted by Diocesan Vicar General Reverend Monsignor Leszek Janik and eleven diocesan priests as concelebrants, and by Masters of Ceremonies, Diocesan Chancellor Monsignor Robert L. Brown and Deacon Jorge Escalona. 

The bright and colorful Cathedral interior provided a perfect setting, including, the purple, red and yellow uniform appointments of the attending Knights of Columbus, the luminous stained glass windows not diminished by the April showers outside, and the dozen pink roses which are the signature of the Secretaries Mass. Further adding to the joyful atmosphere were the uplifting voices of the Cathedral choir and Cantor Carroll Mailhot under the direction and church organ accompaniment of Douglas Green. It was a beautiful ceremony in keeping with the grace and dedication of secretaries of all faiths and professions. 

Homilist, Reverend Jonathan Ficara, spoke of the dedication of secretaries who in many ways are like first responders in whatever crisis may occur in any and all organizations. He expressed the gratitude of all assembled for the call secretaries have always answered to serve others in Jesus’ name. 

With grace reflective of faith and service to others, many of the secretaries present participated in the Eucharist liturgy, among them Rosanna Carabelas, Mary Cho and Christine Siart as readers; Barbara Laliberte as commentator; Judy Pappagallo and Dorla Landry in the Offertory Procession; Marlene Peer as server and Kimberly Quinn as usher. 

Presenting the roses representing the counties and deaneries of the Diocese and the Diocese itself were Sandy Benjamin, Annette Hochdorfer, Laura Malone, Joni Tramontozzi, Patricia Vincente, Cindy Mageski, Linda Precopio, Susan Underhill, Christine Jackel and Terri Zampini.

Following Mass, a luncheon for secretaries and guests was held in the Cathedral auditorium. Bishop Cote gave the blessing and led those gathered in the Year of Mercy prayer, making a close and grateful connection to the generosity of secretaries who are living examples of the best of service and mercy.

Congratulations to the Secretaries Mass Committee and its Chair, Alice Pudvah, for organizing such an uplifting and well supported and appreciated event.