Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Our Lady of Fatima was there, too

Among those who attend Mass regularly at Our Lady of Vilnius are a small contingent of Portuguese neighbors from the surrounding area. They are always very warm, welcoming and spirited. On this special day a group of the women brought their statue of Our Lady of Fatima with them. They carried her outside the church where we congregated and sang hymns after the Mass.

She stood at the head of the table where we later sat for dinner as the women hospitably shared their milky Portuguese liqueur with us. It was delicious and had a deceptive kick to it.

On my left, a Lithuanian man translated the label on my beer bottle for me. On my right a woman spoke in Portuguese with her sister. Very much in the spirit of Our Lady of Vilnius parish.

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