of Saint Peter Lithuanian Parish – Update # 17
April 8, 2005
Dear Friends of St. Peter Lithuanian Parish,
News has been slow in coming since our last update in February.
However, I will take this opportunity to report and review
a few things.
We are awaiting a response to our letter of inquiry from the
Congregation of the Clergy in the Vatican. For many months,
we received no information and thus did not even know if the
Congregation would even choose to read our packet of information.
Then about a month ago, Fr. Zukas received a letter from the
Vatican informing us that they, indeed, were reviewing our
situation and needed more time to deliberate. A response was
promised on or about May 10th, 2005. We are waiting but perhaps
the death, funeral and mourning period for the Pope will delay
the anticipated response.
The response from the Congregation for the Clergy can be
multi-layered. First, they can decide that the process and
decision made by the archdiocese were correct. Second, they
can decide that the process and decision were incorrect. Or
third, they can decide that the process was incorrect but
the decision was correct. Or fourth, they can decide that
the process was correct but the decision was incorrect. It
could be a very confusing situation. Regardless of what the
response will be, we shall be prepared to confer with our
canon law attorney to decide the next course of action.
As soon as we know anything at all, we shall try to disseminate
the information quickly.
In the meantime, if you know of anyone who might wish to be
on the Friends e-mail list, please send us the address at
We also finally received responses to our letters from the
lay committee organized by Archbishop O’Malley to review
the reconfiguration process. In one letter, there was the
promise that the committee would make time to come to our
parish to meet with us and listen to us. We are still waiting
for an appointment.
Mass attendance had declined in the last few months and this
is an issue of great concern.
We are fighting to keep our Lithuanian Parish open. We are
supporting it financially but we are not supporting it with
our physical presences during masses or other activities.
We will be sending a letter encouraging parishioners and friends
alike to consider their commitment to the parish and to dedicate
time to attend mass at St. Peter Lithuanian church.
A very successful Kucios/Christmas Eve supper was conducted
in an attempt to draw in the many newly arrived immigrants
from Lithuania to our church. A well-attended Easter luncheon,
right after 10:30 a.m. mass was organized and very well received
by new immigrants and others who looked for a place to spend
some holiday time. Congratulations to the groups of volunteers
who organized these two events. They are planning a special
mass on May 22nd at the 10:30 a.m. mass…. another attempt
to welcome newly arrived immigrants to our parish. Join us
on the 22nd, if not before, and see what’s happening
in the Parish.
The Hill of Crosses still stands as a proud symbol of our
determination to show our resistance to the notice of intent
to suppress our parish. Please add a cross to the Hill at
any time. We look forward to its continued growth. A group
is planning to remove winter debris from around the crosses
on Saturday, April 16th.
A beautiful Easter service was conducted at the 10:30 a.m.
mass on Easter morning. The procession around the church was
filled with children ringing small bells, others carrying
the statue of the risen Christ, the Easter candle, incense,
the cross and all was accompanied by the singing of the traditional
Easter hymn, Linksma Diena. Our traditions are truly beautiful!
Until next time, I remain,
Chairperson, Friends of St. Peter Lithuanian Parish Steering