St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church


Flag Presentation.


The St. Michael's Temperance and Benevolent and the St. Mary's Ladies Mutual Help societies held a special meeting on Thursday evening of last week. When the meeting was called to order Miss Kate Brosnahan and Miss Bridget Moran presented a magnificent Irish flag to the St. Michael's T. & B. Society.


The flag cost $100 and was purchased by the Catholic ladies of Brattleboro. It is very rich and the work well executed. On one side is a wreath of shamrock inside of which is the rising sun and the inscription, "St. Michael's Temperance and Benevolent Society, organized March 23, 1873". On the other side is the harp and this inscription: "Presented by the Catholic Ladies of Brattleboro, Vt."


Father St. Onge then addressed the societies. He expressed his pleasure to see the ladies give such substantial proofs of their appreciation of the work he had undertaken among his congregation. He thanked them heartily, and urged the members of the St. Michael's society to be faithful to the great cause of temperance, and to show themselves always worthy of the dear old flag.


They were not called upon to fight on the battlefield for the liberties of their country, but they had a great cause to sustain---they had to work for the honor and elevation of the Irish race in this country---and it could not be done better than by fighting the soul destroying vice of intemperance. The eyes of their fellow citizens of all denominations were upon them---they had the approbation and encouragement of all the good men and women of the town, and he hoped their conduct would be such as to deserve always the confidence they had received from several influential citizens of this place.


The Rev. Father's improvisation seemed to stir up the feelings of his impulsive and warm-hearted audience, and we are sure that they will not forget his encouraging words.


Mr. Luke Ferriter, President of the Temperance Society, thanked the ladies in behalf of the society for the beautiful flag presented to them. He said, among other things, that he felt sure the boys would show how greatly they appreciated the generosity of the ladies by their good conduct, their zeal and faithfulness to carry on the good work of temperance in this community.


Mr. Pat Fenton then followed. He said he wished he had a good education, for he would make them a rousing speech. His remarks caused a great deal of merriment and were much enjoyed.


The audience was also favored with very appropriate remarks from Mr. Sweeney and Mr. Fitzgerald. Mr. Sweeney compared the temperance movement in this country to a great tidal wave. This wave has reached us at last. He told the progress of the cause during the last six months. He was happy to say the Catholic temperance society of Brattleboro could compare favorably with any other in the Union, since we already counted 140 members for a congregation of only eighty families.


Cheers were then proposed for the ladies of Brattleboro and for the dear old flag, and the meeting adjourned. The whole affair was a success, and the members of the two societies will always love to remember the good time they enjoyed on that occasion.


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Vermont Phoenix, August 8, 1873.


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