Friends of Saint Peter Lithuanian Parish – Update # 16
February 4, 2005

Greetings to all.

I am happy to report that the first annual meeting of the Friends of St. Peter Lithuanian Parish took place on Tuesday, January 25th at 7:30 p.m. in the Church Hall. Although some road conditions were still unfavorable, the parking lot at the church and the street in front of the Church were completely devoid of snow. A great snow clearing job was appreciated by all those who attended the meeting.

The meeting agenda included the following:

Welcome and Overview of Friends Activities since June 1, 2004
Financial Report
Discussion and review of the proposed by-laws
Election of a Board of Directors

It was quite astonishing to hear about all the activities that have taken place and the correspondences that have been sent since June 1st, 2004. Many hands have accomplished much since the suppression notice.

The proposed by-laws were discussed at great length. Some revisions, additions or deletions were made. Each item was discussed and voted upon. We are pleased to report that Friends now have duly accepted by-laws which will govern our activities in the future.

The final piece of business that was conducted was the election of a Board of Directors. Six individuals had volunteered to serve on the Board. Nominations of other names were solicited from the floor. No new names were offered for consideration. The proposed slate of Directors was accepted unanimously. Thus, the Board of Directors for the Friends is comprised of the following individuals: Gloria Adomkaitis, Gintaras Cepas, Rima Knasas, William Olevitz and Anthony Shalna. Vytautas Dilba will continue as treasurer and Algis Adomkaitis and Wanda Kiely will continue as Finance Committee members.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m. Copies of the newly adopted by-laws may be had by contacting the web site or one of the Board members.

There has been no news about the fate of our Parish and no new action has been taken by the Archdiocese. We are open and functioning. Each day that we can say this, is a victory. As a matter of fact, last Sunday, January 30th, we celebrated our 101st birthday! Those in attendance at the 10:30 a.m. mass affixed additional crosses to our Hill of Crosses, in recognition or the 101st Jubilee of the Parish. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to add a cross to the Hill in honor of the Jubilee.

On January 5, 2005, the Parish Council sent another informational letter, the contents of which were suggested by our canon law attorney, to the Committee which is reviewing the suppression of Parishes in the archdiocese. A copy also went to Archbishop O’Malley. Information packets and other letters had been sent earlier, also. I am pleased to report that on February 3, 2005, I received a response to our letter from Sr. Janet Eisner, President of Emmanuel College and Co-Chair of the Committee. In her letter she states that the Committee is working to review all information presented to them. She also wrote that “Committee members are meeting with some parishes and we will make every effort to schedule a visit with St. Peter’s in the near future.” This is a tremendous breakthrough for the Friends. It is the first response to any of our correspondence and it clearly indicates that we will have the opportunity to present our pleas and our arguments for keeping our Parish open.

Until next time, I am sincerely yours,

Gloria R. Adomkaitis