Aug 17, 2014

Annual Franklin County Marian celebration hosts 150



Story and photo by Julie Beaulieu

GREENFIELD – Approximately 150 participants, including priests, deacons and parishioners from throughout the Franklin County Deanery attended the deanery’s annual Marian Celebration Aug. 17 at Blessed Sacrament Church here.

Seven Franklin County parishes were represented at the celebration. In addition to parishioners from Blessed Sacrament, there parishioners from St. Patrick, St. Mary, Our Lady of Peace, Our Lady of Czestochowa, Holy Family and Holy Trinity parishes.

Kathleen Galluzzo, director of the Franklin County Deanery choir, is a parishioner at Holy Trinity.

“We send out lots of advertisement and emails several months ahead of time so that members of our deanery choir receive them,” Galluzzo told iobserve.

“I’ve been directing this choir for eight years, and we have a marvelous group of multi parish representatives that come to just sing and give their time,” she said “The music is one of the most important things to enhancing our prayer.”

Blessed Sacrament parishioner Bob O’Connor also attended the celebration.

“I really enjoyed it,” he said. “This is a big event for the deanery and the parish. Today is special; the Blessed Mother’s Assumption with some of the most beautiful hymns and prayers of the church,” said O’Connor.

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