Brigid Boyle, Development Consultant; Grace Geraghty, Representing the Geraghty Family and Megan E. Carroll Esq., Executive Director of the Irish Pastoral Centre prepare to present the Peg Geraghty Memorial Cup.True Focus Films

Peg Geraghty’s Legacy helps IPC score big at first golf outing

A full field of 72 players competed in the IPC’s First Annual Peg Geraghty Memorial Cup Golf Tournament on Monday, September 29, 2014 at South Shore Country Club in Hingham. The tournament was a Florida scramble, making for a fairly speedy round of 18 holes. Lucky for everyone that the weather was perfect—a little cloudy, but not a drop of rain.

Awaiting the golfers was a cocktail reception and dinner, followed by the awards presentation and door prizes. It was an entertaining evening, and several surprise winners emerged. Prizes were awarded for First, Second, and Third Place, as well as for Longest Drive for Ladies and Men, and Closest to the Pin for Ladies and Men.

Taking first prize was the team from D’s Electric in Dorchester made up of Kim Flaherty, John Flaherty, Nathan Hewes, and Dan Hill. Each of the four players received a $100 gift card for Legal Sea Foods, and the Peg Geraghty Cup was presented to by Kim Flaherty by Peg’s granddaughter, Grace Geraghty. The “Cup” was an exquisite Waterford bowl from Mrs. Geraghty’s own collection, which the Geraghty Family felt was a meaningful keepsake and generously donated for the occasion.

Second place winners Pat O’Donovan, Noel Bowler, Niall Sugrue, and Ed Sheehan each won a $50 gift card for Legal Sea Foods. Third place winners Kevin Cullinane, Reggie Randazza, Mark McCaullife, and Pat Geraghty each took home a dozen Titleist golf balls. A $50 Legal Sea Foods gift card also went to the Men’s Longest Drive winner Edmund Carr and Ladies’ Longest Drive winner Melissa Gilmore. Nancy Boyle and Ken Daly won the Ladies’ and Men’s Closest-to-the-Pin prizes, respectively, and each received a gift certificate donated by Golfers’ Warehouse in Braintree.

Door prizes included a Day of Golf for Four donated by South Shore Country Club, a gift certificate for Raffael’s Restaurant at the South Shore Country Club, and tickets to the IPC’s Phil Concert coming up on October 14 at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill.

Many golfers and dinner guests were new to the South Shore Country Club, and players found the course in excellent condition and very challenging. More than 100 guests enjoyed Raffael’s buffet dinner, and all look forward to returning for the next tournament.

The evening concluded with a presentation to the Geraghty Family—Anne, John, and Thomas. Next spring, the IPC will plant a tree of the family’s choice in the location of their choice in Peg’s honor.

“The Irish Pastoral Centre is deeply grateful to the generous sponsors, financial and in-kind donors, staff, volunteers, golfers and dinner guests who contributed to this very special event at the South Shore Country Club”, said Executive Director Megan Carroll.

She continued, “While Peg wasn’t a golfer, she certainly kept her eye on the ball.”

Peg’s daughter Anne Geraghty said, “My Mother believed ardently in the promise of America for the immigrant. We thank the IPC for its perseverance as it continues its mission to improve and enhance the experience and way of life of Boston's new arrivals.”

If you are interested in making a donation in honor of Peg Geraghty, you may do so online at, or by mailing a check to the IPC at 15 Rita Road , Dorchester, MA 02124 (617-265-5300). All donors will be acknowledged.

Immigration news

By Kieran C. O’ Sullivan; Immigration Counselor

Call: 617-265-5300 Ext. 16

Once again this week I had a call from a legal permanent resident (LPR) with a question on expiring legal permanent residency cards. She was planning a holiday in Ireland in October and her card is expiring in November. Her questions were related to her travel, the renewal of her card and U.S. citizenship.

She was advised by attorneys that it was fine for her to go ahead with her trip to Ireland as long as she is returning to the U.S. before her LPR card expired. She has two options regarding the expiration of the card: renew the card or file for U.S. citizenship.

Replacing legal permanent residency cards

In general, you will also need to replace your permanent resident card if any of the following apply:

· Your previous card was lost, stolen, mutilated, or destroyed;

· Your card was issued to you before you were 14 and you have reached your 14th birthday;

· You have been a commuter and are now taking up actual residence in the United States;

· You have been a permanent resident residing in the United States and are now taking up commuter status;

· Your status has been automatically converted to permanent resident status, this includes Special Agricultural Worker applicants who are converting to permanent resident status;

· Your card contains incorrect data;

· Your name or other biographic information on the card has been legally changed since you last received your card; or,

· You never received the previous card that was issued to you by USCIS.

U.S. Citizenship

Legal residents with cards about to expire can consider U.S. citizenship. As long as you are eligible, you can file a form N400 with the USCIS offices. Attend one of our clinics to review eligibility or email me to follow up on this issue.


If your card expires during the period your N400 is pending and if you need to travel, you may do so after you get your passport stamped at USCIS. People who need to travel and need a temporary stamp as evidence of LPR status can get this done at their local USCIS offices. Go the USCIS website, and make an INFO pass appointment online.


There are a number of eligibility requirements for application for U.S. citizenship. Eligibility should be reviewed with an attorney prior to filing an application. An important requirement is that you be a person of good moral character. Any person with a past arrest or conviction needs to obtain a certified docket sheet at the court house where you were convicted and appear at one of our legal clinics for a full review of your case with one of our attorneys. In general, an applicant for USC must show that he or she has been a person of good moral character for the statutory period (typically five years or three years if married to a U.S. citizen) prior to filing for naturalization.

Diversity Visa

We will publish more information on the Diversity visa lottery next week. Meantime anyone with questions on eligibility can attend our legal clinic or email me for more information.

October Legal Clinic

On the first Tuesday of every month, we hold a free legal clinic at The Banshee Restaurant in Dorchester beginning at 6:30 PM. Our next clinic will be on Tuesday Oct. 7th, 2014. Anyone with questions on the DV program or any other visa options is invited to attend.

Disclaimer: Please note that the information contained in it is provided to inform generally, and is not intended as a substitute for individual advice. Immigration law is subject to frequent changes and individual circumstances can affect the application of certain legal provisions. For individual legal advice, please contact the Irish Pastoral Centre directly regarding upcoming legal clinics or consultation with an immigration attorney.

Senior Moments

By Audrey Larkin; Interim Senior Program Coordinator

Call: 617-265-5300 Ext. 13

We are very blessed at our senior groups to have people with so many talents and especially pleased when they get recognition outside the group for their talents. We’re therefore very excited and proud that a painting by Barbara Sullivan (Dorchester) of Café Eireann has been selected in a statewide 2014 Annual Senior Citizens Art Show in an upcoming exhibition at the Commonwealth Museum. The exhibition will run from October 14 to October 26. Barbara is well known throughout the Pastoral Centre as a great artist and we are delighted that others will now get to view her work.

On a very pleasant and sunny Monday afternoon, seniors enjoyed freshly baked breads, tea and coffee followed by a very intense game of bingo, ran by Dick Mahoney and Mary Logue, which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and we finished off the afternoon with some very entertaining singing by some members of the group. Special thanks to both Dick and Mary for organizing the bingo.

The constant downpour on Wednesday did not deter many from venturing to Café Eireann and we were so happy to see everyone arrive safely, some a little more wet than others! Quizmaster Neil Hurley challenged those in attendance with some very tough questions over a wide variety of topics, but he could not outsmart some of the members who got top marks. Once again, many thanks to Neil Hurley who compiled a great quiz and supplied some wonderful prizes, and as a result everyone had a wonderful and very entertaining time.

The Musical Memories Program was held on Tuesday with a small turnout, which nonetheless did not deter us from having a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable evening. The next session will be held on Tuesday October 28 at 5:30PM to 7:00PM here at the IPC.



27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Sr. Marguerite Kelly; Pastoral Associate

617-265-5300 Ext. 10

“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” (Philippians known to God 4:6).

Perhaps we have traveled there recently, although certainly not by choice: that place of overwhelming anxiety, that place of terror that awakens us in the middle of the night, that place of struggling with a painful relationship crisis, how to make the next mortgage payment or medical bill, how to find a job to support oneself and those we love, how to do the right thing.

In the midst of these very real and often all-consuming struggles, Jesus’ counsel is simple and straightforward: ask for what we need, and ask with a thankful heart. We might question how there can be a place for gratitude in our heart when it’s already taken over by chronic and deep worry. But Jesus insists that gratitude must be an accompaniment to our prayer, and that if we approach him with a grateful spirit, his own peace will keep our hearts and minds safe.

Living with Christ Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, IHM