Hello everyone-

This is written on behalf of the Friends of Saint Peter Lithuanian Parish, the group newly formed, to challenge the decision of the archdiocese of Boston to close St. Peter Lithuanian Church in So. Boston and end Lithuanian ministry in Greater Boston.

What has happened so far?

1. A parish meeting was held on Tuesday, June 1st at which time those present voted to mount a challenge to try to keep the Parish open.
2. Legal challenges - either canon law or civil - were discussed as possibilities. Both avenues will be explored by committees of volunteers.
3. Any legal challenge will require funds. A target of $100,000+ for a legal fund was established. At the meeting, pledges for more than 40% of the total were received.
4. A mailing went out to all parishioners summarizing the meeting and asking that checks be made out to Friends Of St. Peter Lithuanian Parish and mailed c/o Gloria Adomkaitis, 29 Barberry Lane, Milton, MA 02186.
5. A special mass, commemorating the deportation of thousands of Lithuanians to Siberia in June, 1941 is planned for Sunday, June 13th at 10:30 a.m. at the Church. In connection with this commemoration, a rally showing love and support for the parish, will be held outsoide the Church after mass. Parishioners, friends and anyone who cares about the future existence of St. Peter Lithuanian Parish, are encouraged to come to the mass and rally. Please wear Lithuanian costumes, bring flags, make signs, etc. and join us on this day.
6. A website has been established where up to the minute news will be posted. Please check out the website and share the address with anyone who might have an interest. The website address is: www.savestpeter.org
7. An email address has been established for comments, questions, suggestions. Please write to us at
8. Thank you for your support and concern. If you volunteered to help in the effort, you will be contacted. If you pledged already, please send your checks. If you have not yet pledged, please see the pledge sheet on the website. Please share this information and contact people in your own circle who may want to support our efforts financially and morally.

Friends of St. Peter Lithuanian Parish Steering Committee
Gloria Adomkaitis, Gintaras Cepas, Rima Knasas, William Olevitz, Anthony Shalna