THE LOUDEST QUIET GIRL: MESSAGES OF HOPE IN A DARK WORLD

CANCELLATION OF ALL PRESENTATIONS/BOOK SIGNINGS FOR MARCH AND APRIL

SORRY TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE MARCH 24, 2020 PRESENTATION AND BOOK SIGNING AT THE NORTON PUBLIC LIBRARY HAS BEEN CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS.

ALL OF MY PRESENTATIONS AND BOOK SIGNINGS ARE CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

BE WISE! BE SAFE!                    

 

CANCELED!! SAVE THE DATE! MARCH 24, 2020

I HAVE BEEN INVITED TO DO A PRESENTATION AND BOOK SIGNING AT THE

NORTON (MA) PUBLIC LIBRARY

AT 6 P.M.

ON TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020.

MORE INFO TO COME.

 

TWO OTHER PRIVATE EVENTS, FEBRUARY 6 AND APRIL 19 ARE BOOKED.  WILL KEEP YOU POSTED ON ANY OTHER PUBLIC ONES ADDED.

ST JOSEPH’S CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR November 22 and 23, 2019

And, last but not least, was the book signing at St. Joseph’s School Christmas Craft Fair in Wakefield, MA over Friday and Saturday. Amy Lemieux has headed it up for the last 15 years. I used to work with Amy at McLean Hospital and she invited me to have a table at the fair this year. It was very kind of her to offer. We talked to a lot of interesting people-old friends we hadn’t seen in a long time, Amy’s family, a friend of Erin’s -Catie O’Flynn-, and new faces, especially Tim Looney, who has gone to Medjugorje (several times) as we had done in 2008, so we had a lot to talk about. We also met a new author, Linda Malcolm, who was doing her first book signing for her premier book: Cornfields to Codfish. The book is made up of contemplative essays from her years in Iowa to her current years in New England. Looks interesting. We exchanged copies of our books.

That finished off this month’s presentations/book signings. We’re taking the month of December off as that is Erin’s memorial month and our brains are pretty much mush for the whole month.

See you in 2020! We hope you all have a blessed Advent and a Merry Christmas! Also a Happy Hanukkah!

 

BOOK REVIEW ON AUGUSTINE’S ALLEY BLOG

One interesting person we met at LaSalette Shrine before the presentation was a man named Joe Borden from Leominster.  The banner of Erin’s book cover had intrigued him so he started up a discussion with us. He had a very touching story and we felt that it was not a coincidence that we had met. Unfortunately, he was not able to stay for the presentation due to another commitment, but he took a book home to read.  He gave the book a wonderful view on his blog and is going to try to arrange a presentation at his parish in Leominster after the new year. Thanks, Joe, for this comprehensive review!

Here is the link to it. The review is currently on the opening page of his blog.

https://augustinesalley.wordpress.com

LASALETTE SHRINE PRESENTATION AND BOOK SIGNING WAS FABULOUS!

And, then the LaSalette Shrine presentation was also a fabulous afternoon. Over half the room was filled with old Lifeteen friends, current friends, family, people we haven’t seen for ages, parish friends, and strangers who wanted to know more about Erin. Maryann Daley welcomed us all to the event. It was Maryann’s urging to Tom McKenna and Fr. Ted Brown that we were invited to the Shrine to give a witness talk about Erin, along with a book signing. After my part of the presentation, a few people (Patrick Logan, Debbie Andersen, and Uncle Dennis Rodriques, and also Maryann Daley ) came to the mike to talk about their special relationships with Erin-just as we did at Assumption. Once again our hearts were warmed by everyone still remembering Erin. We finished with an intense book signing. Big thanks to Fr Flavio Gillio, Director of the Shrine to make us feel so welcome and spent so many of his valuable hours with us. Thanks to everyone who took time out of their busy weekends to attend.  Patrick Logan recorded the day, so I’ll share the link when I get it from him.
A beautiful day!!💖💖💖🙏🙏🙏💫💫💫

Photos of books being signed are by Cindy Rodriques.

Middle top: Lisa(Rodriques) and Ruben Vargas
Right top: Danny Singleton
Bottom left: Uncle Dennis Rodriques
Bottom middle: Bro. Ron Taylor
 

Upcoming Masses for Erin’s Intention- 6th Memorial

Upcoming Masses for Erin’s intention:
 
Friday, December 6, 5 pm at Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Assumption College, Worcester, MA [Assumption Band’s Christmas Concert is the same night at 8 pm][Weather permitting, we plan to be at both]
 
Saturday, December 7, 4 pm at St.Mary’s in Norton, MA.[We plan to be at this one]
 
Sunday, December 8, 10 am (by cousin Fr Kevin) at St.Christopher’s on Peaks Island, Maine.
 
Monday, December 9, 12:10 pm [Feast of the Immaculate Conception] at St.Joseph’s in Greenwich Village, NY (requested by Bertolami Family)
 
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ASSUMPTION PRESENTATION WAS AN “ERIN TRIBUTE”

(photos courtesy of Michele Aubin) 

Photo courtesy of  Skyler Hesch

The presentation and book signing at Assumption College on November 13 was a night to remember. About 30 people braved the frigid seventeen-degree temperature on a Wednesday night to attend. Mike Land, who was the adviser for LeProvocateur opened the event and introduced President Cesareo. President Cesareo gave a wonderful talk about his memories of Erin. When he thinks of Erin, her eyes and her smile come first to his mind. His analysis of Erin is always so on the mark. When he finished, Abel and I presented him with a signed color edition of The Loudest Quiet Girl: Messages of Hope in a Dark World, in appreciation for his inspiring Foreword and all the help he gave me throughout the writing process.

After my own presentation and slide show, others in the audience were invited to share their relationships with Erin. The audience represented friends from college, teachers, even retired ones, work colleagues, friends, and people who had heard of her and wanted to know more about her. Their testimonies were poignant.

One fear parents have is that the world will forget that their child ever lived. After that night, especially, I was convinced that Erin had not and will not leave the hearts of the many people whom she touched. Many are still feeling very close to her.

It might have been bitterly cold outside but inside there was much warmth. Heartwarming for Abel and me as well as for those in attendance because it gave them a chance to all come together again and share their stories and sorrows remembering Erin. I think all who came really enjoyed and were grateful for the evening.

Refreshments and book signing followed in the Atrium where people could socialize some more.

Thanks to Mike Flynn of the Bookstore and Barnes&Noble for hosting the event, as well as Miike Land for his “MC” services; to Susan Sabelli for helping to arrange it initially.  Thanks to President Cesareo, and others who offered reflections of Erin: Erin Sullivan, Mike Land(again), Paul Shields, Stephanie Plotkin, and Lee Pearson. Great thanks to Laurie Palumbo who helped me with her technical expertise and recorded the whole presentation. Thanks to Rob and Trevor Benoit, Paul Shields, and Laurie Palumbo again, for staying with us to the end and helping us pack up and load the car in that cold air.  And a gracious thanks to all of those who came out for it, many from a great distance. We appreciated it so much.

PS  David Pepin, editor-in-chief of the Provocateur had a nice review in the paper’s next edition:

www.leprovoc.com/2019/11/21/family-and-friends-of-Erin-Rodriques-12-celebrate-book-release-in-her-memory/?fbclid=IwAR3H4g2C8Q4zV-YWhm598uh_Crqi-NMUctgPiBG_4sdz3gwyNzA0MILGceA

PPS I hope I didn’t forget to thank anyone. Please forgive me if I did.

 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING NOVEMBER BOOK SIGNINGS AND PRESENTATIONS

UPCOMING BOOK SIGNINGS IN NOVEMBER 2019

ASSUMPTION COLLEGE (500 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA) Curtis Performance Hall, Tsotsis Academic Center, Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7 pm  [presentation followed by signing]

LASALETTE SHRINE (947 Park St, Attleboro, MA) Welcome Center                                                       Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 1:30 pm [presentation followed by signing]

ST. JOSEPH’S SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR, (173 Albion St, Wakefield, MA)            Friday, November 22, 4pm-8:30 pm and Saturday, November 23,  10am-3pm

 

The Abbey Book Signing was Fabulous!

In response to all your questions about how the book signing went on Saturday, it was fabulous!

The owners of The Abbey Catholic Book and Gift Store in Scarborough, Maine – Yvonne Johnson and her daughters Alexandra and Samantha, along with Yvonne’s husband, Carl went way and above the call of duty. They made the first signing flow so smoothly! Their tremendous personalized effort enabled a pleasant time for so many people. We talked with people we hadn’t seen in MANY years! One couple and their young son rented a car to be there. A mother and daughter came down from Worcester! Our Assumption friend flew up from Georgia to be there! My boss from the drug store I worked at in high school was there with his wife. The “girl” who used to babysit for me came. Erin’s friend and her family visited. Two “girls” I went to high school with came by. And, of course, friends and family were there to support us. We met many new people, especially through Erin’s cousin, Fr. Kevin. Everyone commented on being grateful that Erin’s messages and story are now being shared with so many.

Please support The Abbey. They are so hospitable and can help you find anything you’re looking for! And you can’t find more pleasant and genuine people.

Then we had some “mini private signings” in Yarmouth, Freeport, and Portland over the rest of the weekend.

It was physically and emotionally exhausting and we’re just recovering now, but it was a powerful weekend!
Thanks for all who supported us — especially for The Abbey who warmly opened their shop for Erin’s words to be shared.

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