Friday, January 26, 2007

Our Lady of Vilnius: A Functional Parish of Great Spiritual Value

In a recent press release from Vilnius, Jonas Jucas, culture minister, generalizing about Lithuanian parishes, states:

" In these parishes there are very little christenings, weddings and they are not very functional as parishes but they have historic and cultural value."

Fortunately, Our Lady of Vilnius is an exception. While serving as a symbolic spiritual home for those who visit occasionally, it is also visited by approximately 30 daily communicants from neighboring office buildings on weekdays.

Most importantly, it continues to bring more people closer to God with its unique magnetism. Last Sunday after Mass, some of us were sitting with Father Eugene and talking about the uncertainty of the parish's future. Father looked up and said, "Good things are happening among the people".

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