Friends of Saint Peter Lithuanian Parish – Update #8

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 Parish.

Gloria Adomkaitis for the
Friends of St. Peter Lithuanian Parish