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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Statement from Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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Its not the Franciscan who is now barefoot; it is members of his flock.

ARCHBISHOP SEAN O'MALLEY OF BOSTON,
MASSACHUSETTS IS FORMING AN EIGHT
MEMBER COMMITTEE TO RE-EXAMINE THE
PROCESS OF CHURCH CLOSINGS.

THE ARCHDIOCESE IS NOT GOING TO REVISIT
THE PARISHES THAT HAVE ALREADY CLOSED.
WHICH WE THINK IS EXTREMELY UNFAIR AND
UNEXCEPTABLE.

THERE ARE MORE PARISHES TO CLOSE.

THIS COMMITTEE IS TRYING TO IMPROVE
THE PROCESS.

OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL PARISH IN
EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS WILL
BE CLOSING ON OCTOBER 12, 2004.

WE HAVE PLEADED WITH ARCHBISHOP
SEAN O'MALLEY TO KEEP OUR BEAUTIFUL
CHURCH OPEN. HE REFUSES TO LISTEN.
HE DOES NOT RETURN CALLS. WE DELIVER
LETTERS THEY SAY THEY NEVER RECEIVE
THEM.

BISHOP LENNON SAID OUR CHURCH SHOULD
REMAIN OPEN. ARCHBISHOP SEAN O'MALLEY
WANTS TO CLOSE THE CHURCH.


THE PARISHIONERS ARE HOPING WE ARE PART
OF THE PROCESS.

WHICH WAS ANNOUNCED 5 DAYS BEFORE
CLOSING.

THE ENTIRE PROCESS OF DECIDING WHICH
PARISHES TO CLOSE WAS FLAWED AND
RUSHED.

ARCHBISHOP SEAN O'MALLEY DID NOT TAKE
THE TIME TO VISIT OUR BEAUTIFUL CHURCH,
AND RECOGNIZE WHAT WE HAVE BEEN
DOING.

WE HAVE ALWAYS PAID, PRAYED AND OBEYED.

ARCHBISHOP O'MALLEY IS A FRANCISCAN.
ST. FRANCIS BUILT CHURCHES. HE IS CLOSING
CHURCHES.

OUR CHURCH DOES NOT MEET ANY CRITERIA
FOR CLOSING.

THE PARISHIONERS ARE SO SADDENED.
THEY CRY EACH DAY. AS A DEVOTION PEOPLE
WALK TO CHURCH BAREFOOT.

HE IS CLOSING A CHURCH WITH SO MUCH
HISTORY, TRADITION AND FAMILY VALUE.

THE PARISHIONERS PRAY EACH DAY FOR
A MIRACLE. MIRACLES DO HAPPEN.

HOW CAN THEY EVEN THINK OF CLOSING
A CHURCH DEDICATED TO OUR LADY.

VERY SAD PARISHIONERS OF
OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL CHURCH.

Catholic chapel reopens Nov. 1

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But looses school and Franciscan order and gains diocesan bureaucrats.

Closed Church Parishioners Say Statue A Sign

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And the deal with the Diocese under question!

"Mount Carmel parishioners thought they had a struck a compromise with the archdiocese to hold Mass at an unused convent, but now those plans are on hold because the convent has been deemed structurally unsound."

Appealing to the Vatican.

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Parishioners at St. Anselm in Sudbury, Boston are appealing to the Vatican to try to keep their parish alive:

'Archbishop O'Malley and the bishops of the Archdiocese have failed to listen to and collaborate with their flock; have made decisions dramatically affecting their flock with no consultation with the flock; and have made decisions based on misinformation resulting from lack of structures of participation, consultation, and shared responsibility with the lay faithful.'

Parishioners Protest on Steps of St. Patrick's

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Where has our money gone?

There must be an independent audit until every single cent is accounted for.

A miracle at final Mass

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel pray for us!

And the priest has an idea.

"''And so my idea is you've got to carry the faith on, because their work is not in vain,' he said. ''But it's hard to explain that to people who built the building. But it can't last, like all buildings.'"

Except its not the buildings that are falling apart, its the diocese that are closing them.