Today, on the eve of St. Patrick's day, the New York Sun published an opinion by David Garrard Lowe entitled, Remember St. Brigid. It is a loving review, perhaps a eulogy, that traces the history of the parish up to the present brink of demise. Most salient quote:
"Brigid was famed for the abundance of her miracles. Now this monument of Irish faith and pluck awaits its fate. Its voice is stilled by the removal of its organ, mass no longer is allowed, and its high altar has been hauled away. Its handsome carved ash pews, once filled with seamstresses and longshoremen, have vanished. How ironic that a church built to express the jubilant survival of a faith suppressed in Ireland should, in America, be swept away by the Catholic Church." [my emphasis]
And how ironic that a church built to express the survival of a faith suppressed in Lithuania should, in America, be swept away by the Catholic Church.
Has a pattern developed in our archdiocese?