Copyright Monsignor Lawrence E. Giblin Division One, Broome County, NY. All rights reserved.
Christmas, the season of charity and gift giving, is already upon us. Charity, the third tenant of the Hibernian motto is one of the key principles of the AOH. We are a Catholic, social, civic, cultural, and charitable organization. Charity is a major part of our reason for being. So, Christmas sounds like a perfect time to examine our faithfulness to this principle. Have we met our commitment to this obligation of charity?
You should feel confident in knowing that we are truly living up to this obligation. In the past year we have given thousands of dollars to charitable and Irish Cultural organizations. Recipients include such organizations as the Catholic Charities Food Pantry, the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, Mom’s House, St. Mary’s Church and Soup Kitchen, the Seton After Prom Party, the Ross Park Garden, Catholic Charities, the Maloney Pipe Band, the AOH Convention Committee, the Hooley Committee, the LAOH Juniors, the Irish Way, the BCAOH Hall, the Bandera Christmas Dinner, the Parade committee, and other organizations and individuals. The other Broome County Hibernian LAOH divisions have also given in a similar way. In addition, we have attempted to provide comfort, and prayers at members’ funerals throughout the year. We are not loudly blowing our trum- pets. We are simply evaluating our Hibernianism, checking our obligations, and perhaps providing another reminder that we are much, much, more than just another bar on Main Street.
The next AOH meeting will be December 14th. Hopefully you will be able to attend the all-division Christmas Party on December 4th. At 6:00. Admission and the ham dinner are free. Happy New Year and this Christmas feel some comfort in knowing that, as Hibernians, we are working hard to adhere to the words of our motto.
In Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity.
– Bill Burke