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July 7, 2011

Changing of the St. Ann's guard

With four funerals, two weddings, six baptisms and three masses planned for the weekend, this week's been busy for Father Ronald Gariboldi, pastor of Holy Family Parish and St. Ann's Church.

Yet it's also his last with Holy Family.

In fact, The guard's changing both within the parish and at St. Ann School.

The school will see a new principal, and the parish a new priest, before the summer ends.

Michele Butler, who had been an assistant principal at the St. Raphael School in Medford, has taken up the St. Ann School principal's seat left by Sister Judy O'Brien, having started her new job last week.

Meanwhile, Father John Kiley, from Our Lady of Good Hope Church in Ipswich, will take the reins from Father Gariboldi this Sunday.

Gariboldi served at St. Ann Church for more than six years, after the church joined Holy Family Parish. Gariboldi, however, celebrated his Golden Jubilee earlier this year, marking 50 years overall in the priesthood.

For Kiley, the new assignment is not the first time he's served at St. Ann's. Gariboldi said Kiley worked with him as an intern nearly 40 years ago.

Men on their way to the priesthood in the Archdiocese go through a year serving under a priest before they begin their own term. And while Kiley will start as the parish's priest on July 10, Gariboldi will continue serving the parish as a parochial vicar — or Kiley's mentor.

Kiley will be officially installed as the priest on Sept. 17. Gariboldi will retire, officially, in August.

"I think Father Kiley's the perfect person for this parish," Gariboldi said.

O'Brien left St. Ann's school last month. Joseph Parisi, head of the school's board of trustees, said she headed to Boston for further work in Catholic Education at the Cathedral High School.

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