Monday, October 17, 2011

RIP Bob Arihood

Bob Arihood joined our community of souls to be honored on Velines this year. I was catching up on my newspapers late last night and was saddened to find his obituary in The Villager: a piece by Jefferson Siegel titled "Beloved blogger Arihood’s loss leaves a hole in heart of Ave. A"

I discovered Bob when he discovered us. On March 1, 2007 he honored us with a post about the abrupt closing of our parish, Our Lady of Vilnius is Closed... on his blog, Neither More Nor Less.

Bob's blog chronicled the life of the Lower East side neighborhood around Tomkins Square park with a take that was clear-eyed and produced photos of enormous beauty and power.

According to the Villager a Memorial Mass will be held for him Saturday, Oct. 29, at 5:30 p.m. at Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, 173 E. Third St. between Avenues A and B. Too bad we can't hold one Our Lady of Vilnius. Pray that we will be able to do so in the future when you pray for Bob.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Columbus Day to all " paisan's" of the Our Lady of Vilnius Communion of Saints and Sinners

As Italian-Americans proudly celebrate their heritage today, our thoughts turn to the Italian-American parishioners of Our Lady of Vilnius, past and present.

Here's to the Joe's P. and Z! Here's to Pretzels, Provolone and the diSapio family!

Here's to the Lithuanian sons and daughters of Italy in my own family, the Passarellis, the di Lorenzos and the Tangredis who have prayed in the sanctuary of Our Lady of Vilnius!