of Saint Peter Lithuanian Parish – Update # 12
October 24, 2004
This update is written as a reminder of the activity being
planned for Sunday, October 31st, 2004 at the Church.
On this date, after the 10:30 a.m. mass, Msgr. Contons will
bless the crosses brought by parishioners. The crosses will
then be brought outside to the front of the Church, where
they will be affixed to the railing of the church or will
be “planted” in pots of soil.
It is hoped that there will be hundreds of crosses symbolizing
our faith and our resistance to the suppression of our Parish.
The Hill of Crosses or Kryziu Kalnas in Lithuania was and
still is a magnificent symbol or Lithuanian resistance to
atheism and communism. Our humble display of crosses will
be our own symbol of resistance.
Please come. Please participate. The more people at mass,
the more crosses adorning the church…the greater and
more powerful the statement we are trying to make!
If you cannot come on Sunday, October 31st, you may send your
cross with someone else. You may bring your crosses at a later
date and you may affix them yourselves (just bring string
or wire). You may place your cross in memory of a loved one,
in memory of the church founders, in the name of your family
or individual members or, of course, anonymously. Your crosses
may have your intentions written on them, or you can add a
message tied on with ribbon or string. Do whatever you choose,
The final date for parish closure has not been received as
of this date. As soon as we hear anything, we shall share
the news. Please share this information to dispel rumors to
We shall be mailing information about a possible “live-in”.
Please respond to our inquiry so that we may make an informed
decision about the feasibility of beginning and sustaining
a lengthy “live-in”.
Hope to see many of you on Sunday, October 31st at the 10:30
a.m. mass bearing crosses for our Hill of Crosses/Kryziu Kalnas.
Until then –
For the Friends of St. Peter Lithuanian Parish