Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Today is the Feast of Mary Help of Christians

Josephine from Mary Help of Christians sent us a message today:

I wish you a Happy and Blessed feast day of Mary Help of Christians. Let us continue to pray that the Church of Mary Help of Christians, E12 St, NYC, remains open forever and that the Salesians return to us.
Mary Help of Christians, pray for us.



Friday, May 20, 2011

Watch Edvinas Graduate Juilliard Today!

Edvinas Minkstimas, last in a fine succession of musicians at Our Lady of Vilnius, graduates from Juilliard today. He has sent us this link:


Commencement begins at 11:00 AM.


Sunday, May 08, 2011

On this day...

Hail Mary, full of grace,

Theotokos, and Mother of all mankind. Pray for your children in their times of suffering and need. Mother of Peace and Truth, Mother of our Savior, Queen of heaven and earth, pray that we imitate your Son in our lives and in our deaths. Spouse of the Holy Spirit, obtain for us the graces of the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit that we may claim our eternal inheritance after living a holy life. Be with us always as we conform ourselves to the will of God.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Forget "Hudson Square": Presenting "Užupio NYC"!

As early as 2007, when Our Lady of Vilnius was locked, Lithuanian publications were already locating our church in "Hodson Skvere." Since those days, real estate and business interests have been trying to morph the gritty and inky printing district into the mildly quirky yet infinitely more sanitized "Hudson Square." Just yesterday I noticed how deeply these settlers had driven their stakes into the asphalt with the "Hudson Square Exchange" cheek by jowl with the "Hudson Square Pharmacy."

Why not take a page from Vilnius and morph it into "Užupio NYC?" Shouldn't Manhattan make room for a playfully anarchic community of artists and their patron$? Our Lady of Vilnius, now the eyesore on the southern margin of the district can become the anchor for a new geographic parish of Lithuanian settlers. Does Zydrunas Ilgauskas still own a house on Thompson Street? That's a start. Maybe we can buy the egg, nest it by the Holland Tunnel access on Varick and see what hatches.