A Catholic parish in South Boston that sits within feet of the Winter Hill Gang’s former headquarters on Old Colony Avenue hosted a private Mass this morning for the crew’s notorious slain leader, James “Whitey” Bulger Jr., the Archdiocese of Boston confirmed.
Among those who gathered at St. Monica Church to honor the serial killer’s memory were Bulger’s younger brother William M. Bulger, former president of both the state Senate and the University of Massachusetts, and Margaret McCusker, 67, the twin sister of Bulger’s incarcerated girlfriend and traveling companion Catherine Greig.
“At the request of and out of pastoral care for the Bulger family, I offered a Mass today at St. Monica Church in Boston for James Bulger,” the Rev. James A. Flavin said in a statement released through the Archdiocese. “Out of respect for the family and those who were hurt, it was a private service just for the immediate family. The Church is a spiritual home for any person or family seeking God’s Wisdom and peace in a time of crisis and grief.
“The Church is certainly aware of the deep pain that innocent victims of crime and violence live with every day,” Flavin stressed. “Whenever we celebrate Mass we remember in prayer all victims of violence. In my homily, I said, ‘from the beginning of creation it was God who brought order and peace in the midst of chaos. When our parents failed in the Garden of Eden God sent His only Son Jesus to once again bring order and peace to a chaotic word through His death on the cross. I am certain that God is present to everyone suffering chaos and pain. We pray that everyone is able to feel the peaceful presence of God and His son Jesus in the midst of chaos and pain.’
“As Catholic priests we are called to bury the dead and pray for God’s justice and mercy,” Flavin said. “We entrust our final judgement to God.”