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Monday, August 23, 2004

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OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL CHURCH IN EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS IS CLOSING ON OCTOBER 10, 2004.

We were to celebrate its centennial in the year 2005. Instead we our mourning Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s demise.

The parishioners appealed Archbishop O’Malley’s decision but he refused to listen.

We thought that our new leader had come to heal instead he brought much pain and sadness to wonderful parishioners.

Bishop Lennon came to speak to us after several telephone calls and letters.

His arrogance was beyond words.

Bishop Lennon said that the Church was only a building.
We had a beautiful statue of Padre Pio purchased in Italy all white marble. We also purchased a marble altar and new lighting to the tune of 150,000 dollars. It was placed across the road from the Church; the Bishop said we can move it somewhere else. He had all the wrong answers. The last fifteen minutes he knew the parishioners were so angry. He said that the decree had not been signed by the Archbishop. For two weeks, we had hope but deep inside, we knew that Bishop Lennon not the Archbishop was making the decision. He did not have the courtesy to call us to acknowledge a terrific proposal we gave him.

The parishioners paid for everything; now it belongs to the Archdiocese.

The Archdiocese was not sensitive to our needs. The parishioners feel that the Archdiocese seeks to shut down the parishes and sieze the assets.

Could this be a sin against the Seventh Commandment?

[Cathcon note: to quote the Catechism of the Catholic Church
“This commandment commands justice and charity in the care of earthly goods and the fruits of men's labour”.]

God’s messages used to be delivered by angels, but the Archdiocese of Boston sends notices of closure by FedEx.

The Archbishop of Boston has ruined our community.

We are extremely displeased that the hierarchy of the Archdiocese failed to look for ways to revive the Churches and instead settled on terminating 82 of them. We express our objection and question the Archbishop’s decision.

Why did you choose our beautiful Church?

We tried so hard to keep our Church opened, but no matter what was addressed, you never please the Archdiocese who wants to close your Church.

The very sad parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in East Boston, Mass.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We hope that you will publish this on your interesting website.

God bless you.






Gillibrand

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