The picture above accompanies today's Boston Herald story, Blaze ravages old Boston church.
The fire broke out during an Advent service and was confined to the sacristy. Damage is estimated at $100,000.00. There were no serious injuries, but Father Stephen Zukas was taken to the hospital for observation.
St. Peter's had been slated for closure in 2004. Cardinal O'Malley reversed this decision in 2005. The parishioners had been instrumental in saving the parish, replicating the hill of crosses in front of the church as a physical embodiment of their hopes and prayers.
My heart goes out to the St. Peter parishioners. Let us keep in touch with this situation and offer prayers for them and their parish as well as Father Zukas, who sounds like a real mensch.
Visit the parish web site.