of Saint Peter Lithuanian Parish – Update # 13
November 3, 2004
Last Sunday, Kryziu Kalnas/ The Hill of Crosses, our local
version, began to grow in front of St. Peter Lithuanian Church.
What a wonderful day…Sunday, October 31st, 2004…our
symbol of resistance to the archdiocese protesting the suggested
closing of our Parish began modestly and ended with about
250-300 crosses being planted in pots of soil or affixed to
the railing and banister. Parishioners and friends came to
the 10:30 mass with crosses. Some were elaborate and beautifully
carved. Some were made of branches from backyards and were
lovingly tied with string or rope. Some were colorfully decorated
and painted – especially the crosses made by the children
of the Boston Lithuanian School. Creativity was evident everywhere
from the large birch cross with a Lithuanian motif, to ones
made from dowels to one, made from clothespins and firmly
planted in a red, yellow and green planter. Friends and parishioners
out of state sent some crosses. One such cross was placed
in memory of a deceased mother. The note accompanying the
cross said “what better place to honor the memory of
my mother than at your Hill of Crosses.”
We received media coverage. Channels 5, 25 and 56 were in
attendance as well as reporters and photographers from the
Herald and the Globe. (Media
Section) Press kits, with wonderful background information,
were provided to members of the press.
A giant black banner (20’ x 4’) with white letters
and the image of our church surrounded by a multitude of crosses
broadcast the message – “The Souls of St. Peter
Lithuanian Parish Live Here”. (Please
enjoy the photos)
The resulting Kryziu Kalnas/Hill of Crosses is a powerful
image! One is forced to stop and look. One is drawn to its
strange aura. The neighborhood children kept approaching the
shrine with great curiosity. Members of the committee were
present to explain the significance of the Hill of Crosses
to the children. They were invited to bring their crosses
to the shrine with their special intentions.
The beginning was solid. But it would be wonderful to keep
the Hill of Crosses growing and expanding. If you did not
participate on October 31st, please come at any time and add
your cross or crosses to the shrine. Invite your relatives
and friends to place a cross in memory of a loved one. Our
out-of state friends or those that live a great distance away
from the church are invited and encouraged to send crosses
to us via mail or UPS. We would be happy to add your crosses
to the shrine. The greater the number of crosses, the grander
our statement to the archdiocese. So, send us your crosses!
Visit the church and place your crosses with the others.
To date, NO written decree has been received by the pastor.
Letters and information packets have been sent to the newly
formed committee that is looking into the whole configuration
process. No responses yet.
A mailing to parishioners and friends was done on Friday,
October 29th. This mailing asks if there is support for a
possible live-in in the church when and if the locks are changed.
Based upon responses, which should be returned by November
10th, plans to organize a live in will be made or the proposal
will be dismissed. If you have not received a letter, please
notify us and we shall send one out or Click
Here or PDF.
Please share this information with those who do not have computer
The Friends are fortunate to have many energetic and talented
individuals who generously give of their time to organize
activities, prepare materials, do mailings and many other
tasks that must be completed. Many thanks to the committee
that organized the Hill of Crosses project. Many individuals
helped in many ways; however, a special thanks to Arnold,
Pat and Audrey Plevock for erecting the “bones”
of the Hill of Crosses, to Daiva Navickas for the powerful
banner, to Mirga Girnius, Rima Girnius and Daiva Izbickas
for their PR efforts and to all the other hands who attended
meetings, planned, executed and even “guarded”
the Hill of Crosses until late Halloween night!
Please spread the news contained in this update. Send us
your comments via e-mail. Share your thoughts and ideas with
us. We appreciate all the support.
Until next time…keep those crosses coming!
Gloria R. Adomkaitis
For the Friends of St. Peter Lithuanian Parish