Second Helping, Laetare Sunday Alumni Events Set

By Reid Oslin
Staff Writer

Two of the Boston College Alumni Association's most popular annual events, the Second Helping Gala and Laetare Sunday communion breakfast, will take place on the last weekend of March.

The Second Helping Gala, an evening of gourmet dining, live entertainment, silent and live auctions and a raffle all featuring a wide variety of goods and services, will be held at Fenway Park's .406 Club on Saturday, March 29, from 7 p.m. until midnight.

Laetare Sunday, now in its 52nd year as the cornerstone of Alumni Association spiritual activities, includes an Alumni Mass at St. Ignatius Church at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 30, followed by communion breakfast in the Carney Dining Room of McElroy Commons. Peter Steinfels, a religion scholar and author of the New York Times' "Beliefs" column, will be the featured speaker at the breakfast.

The Second Helping gala, which each year draws more than 500 attendees, is expected to generate more than $100,000 to support the Alumni Association's Second Helping program. Second Helping works with the Greater Boston Food Bank to provide hundreds of thousands of recovered hot meals and perishable food to needy people in emergency shelters and soup kitchens throughout Eastern Massachusetts.

"This is really a special night for me," said event chairman Christopher Flynn '80. "I have had the privilege of serving both on the board of the Boston Food Bank and as president of the BC Alumni Association, so I know first-hand what a great job has been done over the years with this event.

"Without Boston College's support this program would not be possible. It's great to see those [Second Helping] trucks all over Boston, collecting hot and cold food, keeping it safe and getting it to those who need it the most."

Event organizers have collected dozens of valuable and one-of-a-kind prizes for the auctions and raffle, ranging from five-day vacations in the British West Indies and Bermuda to a private round of golf with BC Football Coach Tom O'Brien.

The Laetare Sunday event will begin with a Mass in St. Ignatius Church concelebrated by University President William P. Leahy, SJ, priests from the Golden Anniversary Class of 1953 and members of the Boston College Jesuit Community. Rev. Lawrence Drennan '53, pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Bridgewater, will be the homilist.

BC's observance of Laetare Sunday, the mid-point of the Lenten liturgical season, is the longest-running religious observation at any Catholic college in the nation.

Tickets for both events are available by contacting the Alumni Association at ext.2-4700.


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