Catholic New York conveys the story of our recent stay against demolition. Once again, the truth, but not the whole truth.
The Archdiocese never mentions that the sanctuary was closed for 3 years when citing the statistics for Mass attendance or sacramental viability. For the last 3 years of our parish life, Mass was held in the basement hall. Citing "no funerals" for the past 2 years is disingenuous, given that a coffin could not be brought into the hall with any appearance of decorum, if at all. The Archdiocese allowed the building fall into a state of disrepair and now presents this decrepitude as causality for closing the church.
Regarding the confidence expressed by Mr. Zwilling: there is no reason why the archdiocese should not win because they have much more influence and far greater resources than we do.
Unlike parishes closed by the realignment we have never had the opportunity to present archdiocesan officials with what we believe to be the special merit of our parish. Those who worship in Lithuanian were directed outside the archdiocese for Mass and sacraments. The rest of us were not mentioned.
Archdiocese of New York: Please e-mail me. I would very much like to speak with you!