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Weekly Update: April 7, 2017: Remembering Kate McCarthy
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April 7, 2017

Don't Count the Days, Make Your Days Count: Students filled out countless butterflies with remembrances of their classmate Kate McCarthy at her memorial prayer service on Friday. Her brother, Liam (pictured above), delivered a moving reflection on his sister's life.
Remembering Kate McCarthy
Traditionally, the Friday before Good Friday, the Catholic Church holds special prayers for Our Lady of Sorrows. It was appropriate that Archbishop Williams closed this week with a prayer service for Kate McCarthy. The one-year anniversary of her passing is on Palm Sunday. Her closest friends and her brother, senior Liam McCarthy offered prayers and moving reflections in tribute to a wonderful life taken from us too soon.

Strung through the Auditorium were butterflies on which students had an opportunity to offer a brief reflection or just write their name. This fitting tribute was planned almost from start to finish by the students with just a little counsel from faculty and administrators.
Kate and her family – and all of the victims of that accident – will forever be in our thoughts and prayers.
Just a Spoonful of Sugar! Mary Poppins will run tonight and tomorrow night at 7 PM.
Mary Poppins Opens Tonight!
It’s going to be a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious weekend at AWHS when the curtain rises on our Spring Musical, Disney’s Mary Poppins. This is one of our most ambitious musicals in a number of years and the students have worked very hard on their singing, dancing, and British accents to pull this off. Junior Olivia McDonnell has the title role while sophomore Sebastien Joseph will channel his best Dick Van Dyke as the lovable Bert.

Tickets are $10 at the door (we hope our students took advantage of the $5 presale) and we strongly encourage everyone to find some time either tonight or tomorrow at 7PM for this timeless classic.
The cast and crew are “practically perfect in every way!”

Latin American Festival
AWHS took a trip south of the border as we had a Latin American fiesta on Thursday. Aspects of Latino culture were on full display throughout the school and the cafeteria sold out of the tacos for lunch.

The highlight of the celebration was a live mariachi band entertaining with traditional Mexican songs at lunch. The band got the students out of their seats and clapping along with real spirit.

Special thanks goes to Spanish teacher Mrs. Quilda Macedo who spearheaded the whole project and the entire Spanish department, which contributed to the decorations.

Fiesta!: The Mariachi band entertains our freshmen at lunch on Thursday as part of our Latin American cultural celebration.
Holy Week Mass Next Wed. – 10 AM
We will have our next all-school Mass on the Wednesday of Holy Week, which is sometimes referred to as Spy Wednesday, and will be also offered in Kate McCarthy’s memory. Our school is honored that Bishop Dooher has agreed to return to our campus and celebrate the Mass. Bishop Dooher was the first clergyman to call and offer his condolences when she had passed last year.

Students are reminded that they must be in Mass dress on Wednesday.

Freshman Orientation & Uniform Fitting
This upcoming Wednesday evening is orientation for our new 9th grade class. Our current 8th graders will have the first chance to meet the students who will be joining them next year.

From 6-9 PM, in the Gym, representatives from Flynn & O’Hara, our uniform company, will be present to take measurements and orders for the new school year. This is open to everyone in our community and it will be the only time Flynn will be on campus this Spring. For next year, students in Grades 9-12 will have the option to purchase a golf-style uniform navy polo.
Spiritual and Temporal Matters: (Top) Sister Laura Downing talks to Mr. Brearley's class about vocations. (Bottom) Voya Financial representatives David Malatesta and Aiman Janineh discuss assembling an investment portfolio with our seniors.
Guest Speakers
Archbishop Williams was fortunate to welcome a number of guests this week to their classes:
  • Mr. Robert Brearley and Ms. Lynne Jensen welcomed Detective Ed Woo of the Braintree Police department to discuss a wide range of topics including sharing his powerful story on why he chose to become a police officer.
  • Mr. Brearley also welcomed Sister Laura Downing of the Apostolic Congregation to talk about vocations. Sister Downing is currently working on her doctorate at Boston College.
  • Ms. Joanne Adams '74 brought in Senior Investment Advisor David Malatesta and Business Analyst Aiman Janineh of Voya Financial to share their investment expertise with her Personal Finance class.
We thank Detective Woo, Sister Downing, Mr. Malatesta, and Mr. Janineh for giving up their time to come talk to our students!

Run the Race
As the weather (finally) warms up, now would be a good time to get outside and dust off those running shoes. You’ll need to get in shape for a couple of upcoming charity races, whose causes have strong ties to the AWHS community.

On Sunday, April 23, there will be the 7th annual Run for Charlotte in Braintree. This race is in memory of Charlotte Rose Kelly, the sister of sophomore Owen Kelly, who lost her battle with pediatric cancer. The Prayers for Charlotte foundation has donated over $175,000 for research and family support organizations in the fight against this terrible disease.

For more information on the Prayers for Charlotte foundation and to register for the race, click here.

The following Sunday, April 30, will be the first annual Kate’s Run. This 5K race will support the Kate Phalon McCarthy Memorial Scholarship Foundation. It will begin and end at Braintree High School. You can sign up for this race here.

We hope to see large contingents of Archies students and family members at both events! (Perhaps even a certain principal will lace up his Hokas.)

And Lastly: An April 9/Palm Sunday Reflection
This Sunday is April 9, which is one of the most significant days in American history. On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant ending the Civil War. While General Lee may have been fighting for the worst cause in human history, he had a shining moment on this day.

Lee surrendered with grace and told his soldiers to, “Go home now, and if you make as good citizens as you have soldiers, you will do well and I shall be ever proud of you.” Grant in turn was gracious in victory. The actions of Lee and Grant at Appomattox began a long (and some might say, still ongoing) healing process of a war that cost the North 600,000 casualties 500,000 for the South, which was one-ninth its population.

It is fitting to reflect upon this moment of grace because in 1865, April 9 was also Palm Sunday. As we enter into Holy Week, I like to think that the powerful redemptive story of Jesus made ever so vivid at this time of year helped shape these two men’s actions. Let us pray that a similar spirit of redemption, forgiveness, and understanding fills our lives today.

I wish everyone a blessed Holy Week.
As always, if there is anything we can do to better our students, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for being part of our family at Archbishop Williams.


Dr. V.
Michael R. Volonnino, Ph.D.
United Nations: Archbishop Williams competed at our first ever Model U.N. competition this week. Our students had to research and give speeches on important issues from different perspectives of the internatioanl community. From L to R: senior Tim Riley, senior Karthik Arumugan, junior Viola Han, freshman Imuetiyan Eweka, sophomore Zachary Zhu, and sophomore Timothy Liu.
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