Friday, December 24, 2010

Room for Our Lady of Vilnius in the inn?

If we were Mexican, we might take our posada to Archbishop Dolan's residence or the Chancery. We would knock on the door and chant and ask for a place for Jesus to be born.

Our presence across the street from St. Patrick's Cathedral on Sunday is our posada. When we sing "Marija, Marija" we are asking for entry, a place among the "in," if not in the "inn."

Our canonical appeal and our civil lawsuit are our knocking. Can't the Archdiocese let us in instead of installing a stronger door and bigger locks?

Pray for us this Christmas. When you remember your loved ones who have gone before, ask them for their help in finding room in the inn. In any case, the love of Jesus is alive and burning in our hearts.

linksmų šventų Kalėdų, buon Natale, feliz Natal and a blessed Christmas to all!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hot Damn! It's Christmas!

This is the box that we've used to store our Christmas decorations for years.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

A Man with a Dream

He's not Lithuanian, he's not Jewish, but he's opening a Jewish library in Vilnius. He's following his dream and he is an inspiration.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Old St. Patrick's: Basilica with a future

Today's New York Times features an article about the Archdiocese of New York's first and only basilica, the old St. Patrick's Cathedral. Robert D. McFadden's article, "Cathedral With a Past; Basilica With a Future" recaps the history of the church and parish and reports on yesterday's inaugural vespers, led by Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

The article ends:
"In a homily, Archbishop Dolan spoke of the church’s historic past and future vitality
“The title basilica is awarded to a church because of its historical, spiritual, cultural and artistic value,”
he said. “This is still a living, breathing, loving, embracing, serving parish.”
It is a shame that the Archdiocese of New York failed to see the "spiritual, cultural and artistic value" of Our Lady of Vilnius. Though in our estimation, it qualifies as a basilica, we realistically understand that an archbishop's nomination was unlikely. We would have gladly settled for existence. Our Lady of Vilnius was "a living, breathing, loving, embracing, serving parish" at the time of its abrupt closure. It is our mission to educate the Archdioces of New York so that they may see the value of our parish through loving eyes, to acknowledge its value to the archdiocese and to the Church worldwide and to restore it. In this mission we ask for the intercession of Our Lady and the Holy Spirit.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Our Lady of Vilnius organ bench to reside in basilica!

In the early months of 2007, after Our Lady of Vilnius was abruptly locked, unbeknownst to most parishioners patrimony was being removed from the church under cover of darkness. Near neighbors noted bulky objects being carried out to waiting trucks at odd times.

On April 29, 2007, the same day that Knights of Lithuania members entered the church and found it torn apart, a parishioner sighted the Our Lady of Vilnius organ bench in Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, a silent harbinger of our church's demise.

Today Archbishop Dolan will celebrate the Mass that inaugurates Old St. Pat's as a basilica as our organ bench bears silent witness. Hear all about it at WPIX.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Screening to Benefit Our Lady of Vilnius

Save Our Lady of Vilnius Committee invites you to see

An award-winning Film
Released in Lithuania in 2008, with English subtitles, 84 min.

To be shown at the Lithuanian Alliance Building,
307 West 30th St.
N.Y. 1001

(8th Ave. & 30th St.)

Tel.: 212-563-2210

Friday, December 3, 7:00 p.m.
Donation: $10.00

Ausros Vartu Baznycios Gelbejimo Komitetas kviecia Jus in Kina

Premijuota Filma
Isleista 2008-siais metais Lietuvoje, su angliskom antrastem, 84 min.

Ivyks: Manhattan SLA patalpose, 307 West 30th Street, N.Y. 1001
(8th Ave. & 30th St.)
Tel.: 212-563-2210

Penktadieni, gruodzio 3d., 7:00 val. Popiet
Iejimo Auka: $10.00