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PHOTOS: Christmas morning scenes from Sacred Heart Church in Concord

  • Brenda Roach, lower left, heads out of the light Christmas morning snow and towards the door of the Sacred Heart Church behind her granddaughter Mairead Boucher, 10, on December 25, 2012 in Concord. The family attended Christmas mass. <br/><br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)

    Brenda Roach, lower left, heads out of the light Christmas morning snow and towards the door of the Sacred Heart Church behind her granddaughter Mairead Boucher, 10, on December 25, 2012 in Concord. The family attended Christmas mass.


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  • Cecily Boucher, 6, and her cousin Caeleigh Roach, 5, stand with Mairead Boucher, 10, nativity scene set up at the Sacred Heart Parish on Christmas morning in Concord. The girls came with their family for Christmas mass. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)

    Cecily Boucher, 6, and her cousin Caeleigh Roach, 5, stand with Mairead Boucher, 10, nativity scene set up at the Sacred Heart Parish on Christmas morning in Concord. The girls came with their family for Christmas mass.

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  • From left to right: Diane Wells, Gail Magan, her husband Bill, Tom Beaulieu and his wife Bonnie, work to cook breakfast for the 42 people that arrived to the Friendly Kitchen on Christmas morning, December 25, 2012, in the basement of the Sacred Heart Parish in Concord. As a treat for the holiday, the volunteers whipped up different breads, bacon, sausage, potatoes and offered eggs cooked to order. This is one of the Friendly Kitchen's last meals in their temporary location. Dinner on December 27 will be the grand opening of the brand new Friendly Kitchen facilities on South Commercial Street. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)

    From left to right: Diane Wells, Gail Magan, her husband Bill, Tom Beaulieu and his wife Bonnie, work to cook breakfast for the 42 people that arrived to the Friendly Kitchen on Christmas morning, December 25, 2012, in the basement of the Sacred Heart Parish in Concord. As a treat for the holiday, the volunteers whipped up different breads, bacon, sausage, potatoes and offered eggs cooked to order. This is one of the Friendly Kitchen's last meals in their temporary location. Dinner on December 27 will be the grand opening of the brand new Friendly Kitchen facilities on South Commercial Street.

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  • Bill and Gail Magan serve up a plate while volunteering on Christmas morning, December 25, 2012, at the Friendly Kitchen's temporary location in the basement of the Sacred Heart Church. The Magans have been volunteers with the soup kitchen for nearly 27 years, almost always serving on Christmas morning. "Our grandkids wait for us to be done here before they can open presents," Gail said. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)

    Bill and Gail Magan serve up a plate while volunteering on Christmas morning, December 25, 2012, at the Friendly Kitchen's temporary location in the basement of the Sacred Heart Church. The Magans have been volunteers with the soup kitchen for nearly 27 years, almost always serving on Christmas morning. "Our grandkids wait for us to be done here before they can open presents," Gail said.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Brenda Roach, lower left, heads out of the light Christmas morning snow and towards the door of the Sacred Heart Church behind her granddaughter Mairead Boucher, 10, on December 25, 2012 in Concord. The family attended Christmas mass. <br/><br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)
  • Cecily Boucher, 6, and her cousin Caeleigh Roach, 5, stand with Mairead Boucher, 10, nativity scene set up at the Sacred Heart Parish on Christmas morning in Concord. The girls came with their family for Christmas mass. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)
  • From left to right: Diane Wells, Gail Magan, her husband Bill, Tom Beaulieu and his wife Bonnie, work to cook breakfast for the 42 people that arrived to the Friendly Kitchen on Christmas morning, December 25, 2012, in the basement of the Sacred Heart Parish in Concord. As a treat for the holiday, the volunteers whipped up different breads, bacon, sausage, potatoes and offered eggs cooked to order. This is one of the Friendly Kitchen's last meals in their temporary location. Dinner on December 27 will be the grand opening of the brand new Friendly Kitchen facilities on South Commercial Street. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)
  • Bill and Gail Magan serve up a plate while volunteering on Christmas morning, December 25, 2012, at the Friendly Kitchen's temporary location in the basement of the Sacred Heart Church. The Magans have been volunteers with the soup kitchen for nearly 27 years, almost always serving on Christmas morning. "Our grandkids wait for us to be done here before they can open presents," Gail said. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)

The coffee started brewing in the basement of the Sacred Heart Church as soon as the short-lived snow started accumulating outside. Friendly Kitchen volunteers prepared one of the last meals in their temporary location before the big move to their facility on South Commercial Street in Concord later this week. This being a holiday, Diane Wells, the volunteer coordinator for breakfast, helped hand out what she thought was a special meal for the 42 folks that filed in from the morning snow. Eggs cooked to order, bacon, potatoes and toast. Many of the people there were regulars that she and the four other volunteers in the kitchen know by name. One man even handed out Christmas cards as Diane handed him a paper plate with warm food.

The kitchen closes at 9 in the morning and people headed back out crossed paths with the early crowd arriving for Christmas mass at Christ the King Parish, including Brenda Roach and her granddaughters, bopping along a snow dusted sidewalk in their holiday dresses. They came much earlier than usual to drop off one of the other grandchildren for his duty as altar boy so Brenda found herself putting finishing touches on her granddaughters’ hair as they filed into the church. The girls were all still buzzing about gifts they pulled from their stocking that morning (a jeweled compact mirror, a princess hairbrush) when their grandmother asked them to come with her to see the displays at the front of the church. A nativity scene and a memorial for soldiers. One of Brenda’s sons is in the army.

Legacy Comments1

You have miss identified the parish, it is, Christ the King Parish at Sacred Heart Church. Thank you.

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