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St. Paul’s Church hosts annual Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 1

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (127 Summer St., Lynnfield) will again host its annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 1 at 12:30 p.m. (Rain date: October 8.) The event is to commemorate the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, who is the patron saint of all animals.

Anyone from Lynnfield or any other city or town is welcome to attend. Any and all household pets will be blessed by St. Paul’s Reverend Rob Bacon in the parking lot of the parish. All dogs will need to be on a leash, and cats and any other small pets should be in appropriate carrying cages. Photos, mementos, and stuffed animals are also welcome to be blessed.

According to Reverend Bacon, “We are excited to once again have the opportunity to bring the loving celebration of St. Francis to St. Paul’s Church and bless all of God’s creatures that share our lives and homes with us.”

The Parish of St. Paul’s was founded in Lynnfield, Mass., in 1918. It is a growing and multigenerational parish of the Episcopal Church that works to deepen the spiritual and social life of the community through diverse outreach activities in Lynnfield and its surrounding communities.

 

“Battle of the Genders” Softball Game at St. Maria Goretti Parish

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A friendly “battle of the genders” softball game was held at St. Maria Goretti Church’s field on Sunday, September 10, followed by an end-of-summer cookout. The women’s and men’s teams – dubbed the “Angels” and the “Saints,” respectively – enjoyed perfect softball-playing weather while family and friends cheered them on.

For the final inning, the kids were invited to join in to show the grown-ups how it’s done. The final score? Nobody cared.

Following the game, players and fans enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs and a variety of salads and sweets, as they good-naturedly recounted awesome plays, joked about athletic abilities and worried about the next day’s aches and pains. Lynnfield Knights of Columbus members Ken Kasprzak and Paul Petkewich set up the cookout and manned the grill.

Special thanks to Donna Hegan, Pastoral Associate, for organizing another fun, family event.

 

Pack 48 Wolf Den enjoy first camping adventure at Camp Nihan

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Lynnfield’s Pack 48 Wolf Den enjoyed its first camping adventure at Camp Nihan in Saugus over the September 23rd weekend.

The nine attending Cub Scouts, all of whom are in the 2nd grade, were very eager campers.  For many, this was their (and their parents) first time camping.  And Camp Nihan delivered a full adventure that will long be remembered.

Upon arrival Saturday afternoon, the first order of business was setting up tents.  Ultimately the den had eight tents set up all over the hilly terrain at the campground.

Next, the Scouts took a hike to get a lay of the land.  They were very skilled at watching for trail markers on the trees so they could follow the trail.  Along the way, they discovered the old Emerson Cabin at the edge of the Saugus River, found old, broken turtle eggs at the Peckam Pond, and enjoyed the solitude and sounds of the forest.

When they returned to camp, they helped build a camp fire and lit it using flint and steel.  Meanwhile, the adults used charcoal to BBQ hot dogs and hamburgers.  By 7pm it was pitch dark and the Scouts began asking “when are we going to toast marshmallows for Smores!”

After that classic campfire dessert, Wolf Den Leader Patrick Curley led the Wolf Scouts in a loud Camp Cheer using call and response with lyrics about Wolf Scouts, Pack 48, and camping.  Then the boys had fun using their flashlights and playing around the campsites.

On Sunday morning, the Scouts built another camp fire and toasted bagels on marshmallow sticks for breakfast.  Then DCR Interpretive Ranger Jason lead the Scouts on a one-hour hike through the forest pointing out animal tracks, identifying plants and patiently answering the Scouts’ many excellent questions.

While some had feared black bears, coyotes, and other predators, the largest animal the Scouts saw was a harmless groundhog that lived in a hole under a large boulder at the group campsite.

As the Scouts packed their cars to head home, they all posed the same question their Den Leader:  “When is our next Adventure!?”

Submitted by Wolf Den Leader Patrick Curley


   

Eighth Annual Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk

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Nearly 800 residents from as far away as Florida on Sept. 23 gathered at the southern end of Lake Quannapowitt to take part in the Eighth Annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk for Suicide Prevention.

David O’Leary, chairman of the Greater Boston Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and event co-organizer Jeannie Brown Dawson said that for decades, the act of taking one’s life was viewed as pusillanimous. “It used to be the thing you didn’t talk about,” said Brown Dawson during the walk around the lake.

O’Leary said the suicide stigma has decreased dramatically in recent years. “The conversation has changed a great deal,” he said.

Brown Dawson also said celebrity suicides have been one of the primary drivers in bringing attention to the problem. “Robin Williams was a huge catalyst in that,” she said.

O’Leary also discussed the connection between suicides and drug overdoses. “It’s not just drug use, it’s an overdose,” said O’Leary. “Those who die by suicide, it’s an impulsive act.”

He also said another common misnomer is that people commit to killing themselves. “You didn’t commit suicide, you died by suicide,” said O’Leary.

In June of this year, there was an incident at Ellis Pond in Norwood involving a 57-year-old woman who attempted to drown herself. She was rescued after two Norwood Police officers, both former lifeguards, swam 25 feet out into the pond to save her life.

Although O’Leary was not aware of any similar situations on the North Shore, he said the majority of people who attempt to take their own lives ultimately enroll in a treatment program. He said such programs tend to greatly reduce the probability of that person becoming suicidal again.

Speaking about the walk, Brown Dawson said there were 400 walkers during the first year of the event, who raised $40,000. This year’s figures showed that 770 participants raised a total of $139,231 as of Sept. 26. Donations will continue to be accepted until Dec. 31. Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so at https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.donate&eventID=4461.

Event co-organizer Marguerite Milliren, who is also Brown Dawson’s sister, said the walk is therapeutic for those who have lost a friend or loved one to suicide. “It’s like a culture of healing,” said Milliren, adding that she and her sister lost their cousin eight years ago.

According to the AFSP website, afsp.org, there were 42,773 suicides in 2014, making it the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Of the 117 Americans who decide to take their own lives every day, 90 percent of them had a psychiatric condition that was treatable.

By Christopher Roberson


 

Slow start cost girls’ soccer team against Newburyport

Pioneers ready to turn the page from this learning experience

The Lynnfield High School girls’ soccer team had a difficult time getting started against Newburyport last week and never could catch up, eventually losing to the Clippers, 3-1. As a result of the loss, the Pioneers are 3-2 on the season, with still plenty of time remaining for them to win enough games to secure a spot in the postseason.

The Clippers broke a scoreless tie with four minutes to go in the first half, and went into the break still holding that slim lead. They then scored two quick second half goals, effectively sealing the deal.

Grace Sterling did spoil Newburyport’s shutout bid at the 10-minute mark of the second half, assisted by Kate Mitchell. Even though there were at least a couple of more scoring chances by the locals, however, their worthy opponents were able to hang on for the victory.

“Newburyport is a strong team, and they were able to take advantage of our slow start to put us in the hole in order to win the game,” Coach Mark Vermont said.

“I expected more from us,” added Vermont, “but we just struggled to get going in this one.”

The Lynnfield girls had a chance to trim the deficit to one with a corner opportunity, but the shot just didn’t go in.

“But in the end, we can’t expect to commit those early mistakes, and expect to win against a very good team,” said Vermont.

“Since then, we have been working hard to learn from those mistakes. We were just not ready to play at the start of each half, totally breaking down as a team, before we snapped out of it,” he continued.

Mackenzie O’Neill made less than 10 saves, but it was still a good amount for a high school game. They were getting their shots on target, but O’Neill was able to stop most of their attempts throughout the entire contest.

The Pioneers took on Pentucket Tuesday after press deadline, before facing host Essex Tech in Middleton off of Route 62 on Saturday in a non-league contest.

Vermont hopes that they learned something from this early season setback, and going forward they will fly out of the gate to set the tone in each half.

By Joe Mitchell

   

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