On Monday, May 15, the Winchester Area VOTF celebrated its fourth anniversary of meeting every Monday evening at St. Eulalia’s since 2002, with well over 100 in attendance, including eleven members of the clergy.


The first order of business was a presentation to Fr. Tom Nestor, pastor of St. Eulalia’s, of donations from the membership totaling $2540, in appreciation of the parish’s support for our affiliate.


The meeting then continued with an opening prayer and song lead by Sr. Betsy Conway, CSJ.  This was followed by a video entitled “Leadership, an Art of Possibility.”  This video had been viewed and discussed at a congregation meeting of the Sisters of St. Joseph, and had been suggested to us for one of our meetings by Sr. Marie Doyle, CSJ, one of our most loyal and active members.  Unfortunately, Marie was unable to be at this meeting because of health issues, but her guiding spirit was felt by all.


The video, a documentary starring Maestro Benjamin Zander of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, demonstrates what can be accomplished when everyone is encouraged to be their very best---varied voices of a symphony sounding together in harmony.  Following the video, round table discussions took place, with a priest and several VOTF members at each table, as well as numerous religious.  We voiced our impressions of the video, and ways it suggested to us that we, as clergy, religious, and laity might work together more closely now.  The discussions were full of hope for the future of our beloved Church.


The meeting closed with a rousing rendition of “Sing a New Church” lead by Fr. Paul Rouse at the piano.  Refreshments followed, with informal discussions continuing, as everyone was reluctant to let go of the wonderful spirit that the meeting generated.