FRIENDS OF ST. PETER LITHUANIAN PARISH –
August 23, 2004
HELLO EVERYONE –
The cornerstone was investigated further with nuclear isotope
equipment. (See photos) The “x-rays” did not
reveal metal, as in the metal box, which we are seeking,
but did reveal two cavities in the brickwork. The steering
committee agreed that we must go the next step, i.e., hiring
a stonemason to explore the cavities. At this time, I have
nothing to report.
Our activities trying to save our parish have been documented
in Bridges and Lithuanian Heritage magazine. We are still
waiting to hear when the article about the closing of ethnic
parishes in Boston will appear in Newsweek. We were told
that space in the magazine is at a premium due to the DNC,
Olympics, RNC and the election in general.
Archbishop O’Malley continues to ignore our request
for a meeting. However, after almost a year and many letters
and calls requesting an answer, O’Malley did RSVP
to the invitation to attend our 100th jubilee. He declined
to attend, stating a previous commitment. He did, however,
through his secretary, Fr. Robert Kickham, respond that
he would come to our church on Wednesday, September 8th
at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate a mass of the day. He also said
that he would not speak to parishioners about the imminent
closing of our parish. He would not have any conversations
with parishioners. The reaction to his declining to attend
our 100th jubilee celebration and instead of coming to say
mass on the 8th of September has been volatile. Some parishioners
are angered, some are disgusted, some are annoyed and some
are pleased. There has been much informal discussion about
his visit on the 8th and how it should be handled. Some
have suggested ignoring him and circling the church while
singing Lithuanian hymns, some have suggested filling the
church and turning our backs on him, some suggest wearing
black and wheeling in a coffin draped in black ….
As you can see, the ideas are many. The Parish Pastoral
Council will meet Tuesday, August 24th to discuss the visit
and discuss a plan of action. I shall keep you informed.
Plans for the Jubilee mass and banquet are being finalized.
Choir director, Daiva Navickas, has recruited new members
for the special jubilee choir. Rehearsals are Friday evenings
in church. Can you contribute your voice and time and join
the choir? If you are interested, please go to the church
at 7:00 p.m. on Friday.
Tickets to the jubilee luncheon may still be purchased through
Alice Ruseckas – 617 268-1068. Please plan to come.
Until next time-
Gloria R. Adomkaitis
For the Friends of St. Peter Lithuanian Parish