In the years that I have attended Our Lady of Vilnius as an adult some very special people have passed on: Dalia Bulgaris, Danute Strout, Frankie Pretzels,and Julia Martinho. Though they are not present in my daily life, I remember them and their devotion to Our Lady of Vilnius parish often.
They are part of the spiritual legacy of the parish and are a part of me. They join my grandparents, father and aunts who attended the parish through the '20's and '30's. They join our founding Pastor, Father Sestokas, Blessed George Matulaitis, who said Mass at Our Lady of Vilnius in 1926 and all of our deceased friends and relatives who found grace, solace and friendship in Our Lady of Vilnius Parish.
On Saturday, February 26 we will read the names of our departed, and acknowledge that they are present: present in our hearts and present in our community. We will pray for them and ask them to pray for us and for our intention to continue their legacy into the future.
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