July 17th Vigil


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The PR committee planned a vigil, which took place on Saturday, July 17th. The purpose of the vigil was to call attention to our plight in a prayerful and respectful manner. Parishioners received postcards alerting them to the details of the vigil and a bus was provided to take parishioners from the church to Commonwealth Ave. in front of the Chancery where the vigil took place. Approximately 80-100 parishioners braved the hot, humid weather to gather with placards, Lithuanian costumes and flags and lots of energy and determination. It was a long day. The vigil began at noon and ended at approximately 8:00 p.m. Most individuals spent about 3 hours at the site. In this way, there was a presence there for 8 hours. Prayers were said, hymns were sung, a lot of water was consumed and our determination to fight to save the parish was cemented even more firmly than before. Thanks to Mirga Girnius and Daiva Navickas for coordinating the event. Appreciation to each person who came to the vigil. It matters! If you could not participate in this activity, please plan on taking part in the next one. Thanks to Daiva Kiliulis from the website committee for creating buttons done in red, yellow and green with a Lithuanian motif design and the words SAVE St Peter Lithuanian Parish, So. Boston. It unified all participants and eloquently sent our message. More buttons are being prepared. When you receive yours, please wear it. It is hoped that all attendees at the Jubilee mass and banquet will wear these buttons to demonstrate solidarity to media that maybe present and to archdiocesan officials who may be present at our celebration.
Please check the website for photos or the vigil. Photos courtesy of Dana Dilba and Algis Adomkaitis.

On Friday, July 16th, a small group of sympathetic Lithuanians, gathered in front of the Vatican Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania to draw attention to our plight. This group was able to meet with the papal nuncio and spoke about our situation. They were cordially received and even shared a photo op with the nuncio. One of the group was able to speak in Italian with the nuncio so we know that he got the message. Thanks to Aldona Abidaoud for arranging this symbolic gesture of support.