Committee Status report
It was a pleasure to see most of you today at
what turned out to be a superb celebration.
Our attorney attended the court hearing for the Italian church
in the North End and remarked that the group and attorneys
lacked focus. She also attended our Wednesday evening Mass
and was most impressed with the church and Lithuanian parishioners.
Our demographic chart has been prepared by Joe Casper and
The Archives sub-committee has likewise done an excellent
job and exhausted all avenues. It's too bad the buried treasure
box allegedly behind the corner stone does not exist. A thorough
search including X-rays of the area showed nothing.
Our next recourse is to wait for the legal brief from our
attorney which should be forthcoming soon.
First of all, we haven't received the formal decree of suppression
with closing date. Our Parish Parochial Council did not agree
to a closing date, so the Archdiocese will just have to set
their own. Also, by setting our closing Mass date, it would
seem that this would indicate acceptance of our suppression.
Therefore, our formal appeal has not yet been made and won't
be until the decree is received.
Next, our semi-official appeal to the Congregation of the
Clergy at the Vatican was acknowledged but nothing has been
heard yet. It's important to note that the appeal hasn't been
returned to us as being premature, nor have we received a
Therefore, in summary, we haven't received the decree of closing,
won't be able to make our formal appeal until we have the
decree, and our appeal to the Vatican hasn't been returned
It wouldn't be a good idea at this time to rattle our legal
sabers, as a mathematical possibility exists that we may be
successful in staying open, and by making noise, might antagonize
our opponents. It would be best for us to speak softly at
the present. We can use the big stick later if the above items
On another front, we are progressing with our application
to the IRS for a 301(c) exemption certificate which will allow
any donations made to us to be tax deductible for the donors.
The application to the IRS should be ready in a week or so.
It's amazing at how many forms and questionnaires have to
be filled out.
As soon as we receive our legal brief, our path will be clear.
Meanwhile, prayer is our most effective weapon.