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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.