January 28, 2018


It is late Friday night, January 20th, and I just returned to the rectory from celebrating two 80th birthday parties. What a privilege I had to be invited to both celebrations for parishioners who are pillars of the church and legends in our community. There were even hundreds of well-wishers at both events. The celebration for Dr. Charles Lowney was at Lombardo’s in Randolph. “Charlie” was surrounded by his children and grandchildren, as well as friends, neighbors, and patients. He worked the room as only he can do. What a tribute to a gentleman who has been a landmark in the Hyde Park community for over 50 years and shows no signs of letting up any time soon. He loves his profession and knowing him as I do, I know he chose the right “vocation.” Dr. Lowney is a parishioner at St. Pius X and celebrates his faith every Sunday at the 10:30 Mass, accompanied by anywhere between 15-25 of “the family.” This man is loved and adored by his family—a true patriarch. His wife Irene died two years ago, but she is very present in the Lowney family. I actually feel her spirit when I’m in their presence.

I left Charlie’s birthday party to head over to the Riverside Theatre in Cleary Square for Marietta Phinney’s birthday tribute. Marietta has been the mainstay at the Riverside Theatre Works (RTW) for 36 years. She has literally introduced hundreds of children, teenagers, and adults to “the stage.” The evening was a stage show presented by many of her present and former students, some of whom traveled hundreds of miles to celebrate Marietta’s life. The show was spectacular and she was in her glory surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Her family, friends, and the Hyde Park community could not have experienced better talent anywhere. I have been to many of the shows at the Riverside Theatre and they are the best. Marietta is a life-long parishioner at St. Anne. How blessed are we!

I don’t know if it’s original, but the following quote was attributed to Marietta throughout the evening. I believe that both she and Dr. Lowney live by it: “only those who see the invisible can do the impossible.”

From all the parishioners of the Blue Hills Collaborative, I wish both Charlie and Marietta a “Happy Birthday.” May God continue to bless them and bless us with their presence and spirit. Thank you!

Enjoy life!
Fr. Coyne


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