Friends of St. Peter Lithuanian Parish –
Update #9, September 9, 2004
Dear Friends of St. Peter Lithuanian Parish,
I write to you after a successful mass with
Archbishop O’Malley. According to many of those present,
who took the time to comment on the evening’s activities,
the liturgy was beautiful, meaningful and punctuated with
traditional Lithuanian hymns and pointed Prayers of the
Faithful. There were approximately 300-350 parishioners
present. It was very gratifying to see young families with
babies in their arms, praying alongside our most senior
After mass, the Archbishop received parishioners in the
vestibule. Each person greeting the archbishop seemed to
repeat the same message in his own personal fashion –
Please do not close our church.
For fuller accounts of the evening, please check out the
links that are listed on the website. Several persons were
interviewed by the media – Channels 4 and 5, the Boston
Globe and Herald – we received better than adequate
coverage of the event. However, the meaning of the evening
was a bit clouded in the media because they focused so much
on a so-called “confrontation”. Please read
the articles for details. I spent most of Thursday speaking
with members of the press telling them that there was no
confrontation, that the press looked for something to sensationalize…and
they focused on the 300th or so person who spoke to O’Malley.
This exchange was emotional and the archbishop’s secretary,
without much cause, whisked O’Malley away abruptly
after this meeting. The media seized that moment and embellished.
Read the newspaper accounts for details.
Many thanks to the PR committee for a great job in attracting
media attention. Thanks to each and every one of you who
made the effort to attend. The archbishop had to notice
the 300+ faces in front of him adorned with the red, yellow
and green buttons proclaiming Save St. Peter Lithuanian
Parish, So. Boston.
On to the Jubilee! The jubilee mass is this Sunday, September
12th at 10:00 a.m. A group picture of all mass participants
will be taken at 9:15 a.m. on the church steps. If you want
a place in history, BE THERE for the photo op. After mass,
the jubilee luncheon takes place at Anthony’s Pier
4 restaurant. We will celebrate with 500 parishioners and
friends. Among us will be the Ambassador to the United States
from Lithuanian/Washington, DC, the Consul General to the
United States from Lithuania/NYC and the Honorary Consul
to the United States from Lithuania/NE. A last minute addition
to our guest list is Bishop Boles representing the archdiocese.
So, come one, come all! Wear your buttons! Show our unity
and our determination! Let’s fill the church again
and give them something to talk about.
Until next time –
Gloria Adomkaitis for the Friends
SATURDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER
11, 2004 – BULLETIN!!!! BISHOP BOLES HAS
RESCINDED HIS ACCEPTANCE TO REPRESENT THE ARCHDIOCESE AT
OUR 100TH JUBILEE CELEBRATION TOMORROW BECAUSE OF THE SO-CALLED
“SITUATION” WHICH DEVELOPED ON WEDNESDAY. IT
APPEARS THAT BISHOP BOLES BELIEVES WHAT HE READS IN THE
MEDIA AND FORGETS THE CALIBER AND CLASS OF THE GOOD PARISHIONERS
OF ST. PETER LITHUANIAN PARISH.