Friends of Saint Peter Lithuanian Parish –
Dear Friends –
It is with great dismay that I report that
the final exploration of the corner of the church in search
for the mysterious iron box did not produce any results.
Nothing was found in the suspected cavities. The mystery
and hope that the clues found in the 1908 Boston Globe ignited
our hope and imaginations but we now close this chapter
and I guess we will always wonder about the iron box. (
Please see photos of this last exploration.)
SEPTEMBER 8, 2004
– the birthday of Mary, the commemoration of our Lady
of Siluva, Tautos Svente ( National Day), and THE VISIT
OF ARCHBISHOP O’MALLEY to St. Peter Lithuanian Parish
to celebrate mass of the day. As we wrote earlier, the archbishop
neglected to respond to our invitation to celebrate our
100th Jubilee for almost a year. We don’t know why
he is coming on the 8th, other than it is convenient for
him to do so. His visit will give us the opportunity to
show our solidarity and tell him why we believe our parish
must remain open. We have been informed that he will not
enter into dialogue with us about the looming suppression
of our parish but that “ he is a good listener.”
The steering committee met to discuss how
the archbishop should be received. The consensus is as follows:
we shall greet and welcome the archbishop in a civil manner
but we will not hide our anguish, hurt or disappointment.
We shall not be hypocrites and embrace him with warmth and
joy but we also shall not be strident or aggressive. It
is hoped that during the mass, with a church filled to overflowing
with parishioners, young and old, wearing Save St. Peter
Parish buttons, the archbishop will sense our resolve to
keep our parish alive. During the reception, it is hoped
that the archbishop will receive parishioners at which time,
he will hear each one of our personal pleas and reasons
why the parish must stay open.
So, PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO COME TO MASS ON WEDNESDAY,
SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2004 AT 7:30 P.M. (NOTICE TIME CHANGE FROM
7 TO 7:30). PLEASE FILL THE CHURCH WITH YOUR FAMILIES AND
FRIENDS. WEAR YOUR BUTTONS.(THEY WILL BE DISTRIBUTED BEFORE
MASS). PLEASE RETURN ON SUNDAY FOR THE CELEBRATORY JUBILEE
MASS AT 10:00 A.M. WEAR YOUR BUTTONS ON THIS DAY, TOO.
Let’s make the most of this situation.
We, at least, are getting an opportunity to have the archbishop
in our midst. Let’s turn it to our advantage.
See you on the 8th and then the 12th to celebrate
100 years of Lithuanian ministry at St. Peter Lithuanian
Gloria Adomkaitis for the
Friends of St. Peter Lithuanian Parish