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St. Catherine altar server hurt in Boston bombing

Parishioners of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Martinez have been offering up prayers for healing and comfort for Aaron Hern, 11, a member of the parish, who was hit by shrapnel April 15 after one of two explosions that took place near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

"Who would expect for that to happen?" said Father Leo Asuncion, St. Catherine pastor, about the bombings that killed three people and injured nearly 200 others. For this to occur at a wonderful event like the Boston Marathon is difficult to understand," said Father Asuncion.

Aaron was injured as he ran to the finish line to greet his mother, Katherine, who had run in the marathon. Aaron was expected to undergo a second surgery to repair cuts on his leg.

Deacon Alberto Dizon, who ministers at the Martinez parish, said the Hern family are active parishioners. Aaron, a student, is an altar server, his mother, Katherine Hern, is one of the parish's lectors, as is his grandmother. Aaron's parents have been deeply involved in an ongoing capital project at the parish called PACE (Parish Activity Center Expansion).

St. Catherine parishioner Sandra Hall, who with her husband Frank, traveled to Boston with the Hern family, has been acting as family spokeswoman.

Hall said Aaron was expected to be in the hospital an additional seven to 10 days, which, if all goes well, puts him back home before the end of April.

His 12th birthday is May 1.

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