FRAMINGHAM – More than 1,000 people filled St. Tarcisius Church Sunday morning for the annual Palm Sunday morning service, celebrated in both English and Portuguese.
Father Volmar Scarvelli not only welcomed Bishop Robert Reed from the Archdiocese of Boston for the Mass, but also local Framingham politicians and the Framingham Police Chief.
Today, April 9, was the first time, since the Brazilian-American Catholic Church was established in 1987, that local political leaders attended the service.
The event was an opportunity for the Brazilian Catholic Community of Framingham to know their local political representatives, and “to work together on finding solutions to guarantee the safety of all during uncertain times for many immigrants,” said Rev. Scarvelli.
Local community leaders who attended the Mass included Framingham Police Chief Ken Ferguson, State Rep. Chris walsh, State Rep. Jack Lewis, Selectmen Chair Cheryl Tully Stoll, School Committee member Beverly Hugo, and Precinct 14 Town Meeting member Margareth Shepard.
“It was a standing room only crowd today,” said Shepard. “More than 1,000 people in attendance.”