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,
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