Our Pastor’s Message – Remembering Vavo

by Holy Family Cape Ann on July 26, 2014

July 27, 2014

This weekend, we celebrate the feast of Saints Ann & Joachim, the parents of our Blessed Mother and the grandparents of Jesus.  After the 8:00am Mass on Sunday, we will crown the statue of Saint Ann outside the church as a way of honoring our two patrons.

Traditionally, we also honor our grandparents on this feast day.  In my life, one of the most influential persons has been my grandmother, Maria de Jesus Achadinha.  My vavó (grandmother) lived with me from my birth until her death 26 years ago.  During those thirteen years together, she taught me her values through example, through stories and through her simple lifestyle.

My vavó was a second mother to me.  Since my mother worked full time, my vavo became our babysitter.  she helped raise me, comforted me in distress, and reared me in the Portuguese tradition.  She spoke only Portuguese, so I spoke only Portuguese.  She constantly wrote letters to family in the Azores, finding out about local deaths, births, and events.  In this way, she taught me about the importance of family.  She worked hard at home: doing laundry, cooking supper, making beds, and making sure the grandchildren were off to school.  Her example of self discipline and hard work inspired me to strive for the best in school and in my life.  She was an artist, not with canvas & oils, but in her crocheting.  The bureaus in my family home are covered with her beautiful designs.

Her most inspiring quality was her dedication to serving others.  She raised seven grandchildren in our family’s home.  She sewed hem lines for my aunts or crocheted a gift for a relative.  Her service taught me to help and serve others.  Vavó ‘s kindness embodied Christ’s message of love and service to others.  She attended Mass every Sunday and listened attentively, even if the Mass was in English.  Her favorite warning was that God was punishing us during thunderstorms!

During her last years, vavó Struggled with diabetes and suffered much.  Before she was strong; then weak.  She couldn’t do it all any more, but she tried so hard.  In her struggles, she taughtus determination, perseverance, and strong will.  In her last triumph, my vavo walked down two flights of stairs to our cellar (an accomplishment she had not been able to do for a year) and ate her last meal with her family.  The next day she died in her sleep.

My vavó instilled in me a commitment to service.  Being a pastor call me daily to be a servant of the servants of God.  I think my vavo prepared me well.

Take a moment today to think about and pray for your own grandparents.  May Saint Ann and Saint Joachim pray for them and for all of us!

Peace & blessing to all,

Father Jim


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