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Always in style!: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church – as a SHRINE!!!๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡ the vets at Veteran Homestead … and Worcester news you can use!

From Mauro DePasquale, Mount Carmel Preservation Society:

Important update:

Despite the fact that the Worcester Historic Commission voted not to do the study to explore a historic district at Our Lady of Mount Carmel church on Mulberry Street (OLMC), we are, in no way, giving up on our mission to save Our Lady of Mount Carmel church.

Despite many people feeling discouraged, as long as the church stands, it is not over.

It is important that we recognize how far we have come, specifically how the church is still standing and, most likely, would not have been if it were not for the efforts of the Mount Carmel Preservation Society (MPS).

We are moving forward with our appeal to the Vatican to oppose the merger of OLMC and Our Lady of Loreto parishes.

We will also appeal to the Vatican the demolition of the church building as soon as the Diocese issues the required decree of suppression.

We are pursuing an alternate (as an option of consideration) plan to save the church by preserving it as a shrine to OLMC, fully supported and sustained by the MPS.

We have just made a formal proposal, regarding our plan to make the church a shrine, to Monsignor Pedone and the Diocese and await their response.

A shrine is a sacred place where, with the permission of the Bishop, people can gather for daily prayer, celebrate Masses, hold special religious events such as baptisms, weddings, etc.

This could benefit the Parish, Diocese and community as a historical sacred tourist attraction as well.

We are also waiting for approval of our application for non-profit status and expect to have that approved very soon. Non-profit status will allow us more flexibility with fundraising, as we definitely need to continue to raise funds for legal costs and for the support of our proposed shrine to OLMC.

Plans are already underway for another MPS fundraiser and we will update all of you when we have the details.

We need the active involvement of each MPS member at this critical time. We must stay united and positive as we persevere in saving the church from demolition.

Our Sunday Prayer Vigil is ongoing at Mt. Carmel Apartments at 10 a.m., Sunday.

To donate visit http://www.preserveourladyofmountcarmel.org

Tickets for tonight’s (3/11) fundraiser are available at the door – $20. This wonderful music event is hosted by First UNITARIAN Church at JOHN HENRY HAMMER Coffee shop at 7 pm Main and State St., Worcester. Near the old court house.

Next meeting will be announced soon.

Thank you for your support. Stand Tall and God Bless you.

Mauro DePasquale, MPS

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From our friends at Veteran Homestead!๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›โค

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The Second Annual Veteran Homestead Star Spangled Go-Kart Challenge

… at F1 Boston in Braintree
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Thursday, April 6

5 pm – 9 pm

Come compete for racing glory where your donation goes to support the veterans in our programs thanks to the support and generosity of F1Boston.
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Gather your friends together for a FUN night of go-kart racing, food, drinks, prizes, pool, networking and, of course, mingling with our veterans.

Form your team now and donโ€™t miss this opportunity to support our heroes, the military veterans who are responsible
for our freedom.
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Don’t feel the need for speed?

You can attend, cheer on your favorite team, enjoy food and drink while supporting our veterans. The donation is $150 per person.
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Call or email Cindy to participate and for costs and more information 978-632-1271.

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Saturday, April 8

8 am โ€“ 12 pm

We are excited to invite you to join us for this yearโ€™s REC Earth Day Neighborhood & Garden Cleanups!

This is truly a community-wide event in which residents come together every year to give Worcester the Spring-cleaning it deserves.

Last year, more than 1,000 volunteers came together to pick up more than 50 tons of trash at over 60 sites in Worcester!!!๐ŸŒธโค

Please feel free to contact Pat Barnosky with any questions or concerns
โ€“ earthday@recworcester.org โ€“ 508-799-9139

Thank you for joining with your neighbors and friends to support the 28th Annual REC Earth Day Neighborhood & Garden Cleanups!

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Playing Dr. Frankenstein – not “cutting-edge”!

We don’t need ‘Frankenscience’ to solve the organ shortage

By Dr. Emily Trunnell

In Greek mythology, the sighting of a chimera โ€” a creature composed of parts from more than one animal โ€” was a bad omen.

I think it still is.

Experimenters at the Salk Institute made headlines recently with the publication of a study describing how they grew fetuses that were part pig and part human.

Although these chimeras contained few human cells, the work was widely hailed as a milestone โ€” an initial step toward a far-off day when people in desperate need of transplants can order organs from warehouses in the form of living animals.

Leaving aside for a moment the unique ethical minefield that this line of research creates, let’s look at how patients in need of organs could be helped today, without subjecting intelligent, sensitive pigs to invasive procedures and then killing them โ€” as was the fate of both the fetuses and the surrogate mothers who carried them in the Salk Institute’s experiments.

Just a simple change in law is all that is required. In Belgium, France, Sweden and other countries that have passed presumed consent laws, which presume that people’s organs are available for donation upon their death unless they opt out, or mandated choice laws, which require adults to choose whether or not to donate their organs, the number of organs available for donation has increased dramatically. For instance, since changing its law in the 1970s, France has seen organ donations shoot up by nearly 5,000 percent.

As for the rationale behind the Salk Institute’s study, its senior author is quoted as saying, “[O]rgans developed in petri dishes are not identical to the ones that grow inside a living thing. โ€ฆ What if we let nature do the work for us?”

“Petri dish” hardly does justice to the recent advances in sophisticated 3-D bioprinting that now allow scientists to grow human tissue in a highly controlled manner, with more precision and consistency than is possible in chimera experiments, in which tissue develops in live animals.

The same can be said of 3-D organs-on-chips, a technology that is not only providing insights into diseases โ€” another justification given for chimera work โ€” but also offering the potential for personalized medicine when, eventually, the efficacy of therapies will be able to be tested on a patient’s own cells. If we’re going to invest in long-term research to grow and study human organs, shouldn’t we pursue these pioneering, high-tech methods?

Because of the unique moral dilemma that chimera research presents, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) took the rare step in 2015 of imposing a moratorium on funding studies in which human stem cells are injected into animal embryos. (The Salk Institute experiments were privately funded.) While NIH has indicated that it intends to lift the funding ban in certain circumstances, I hope it will reconsider. Instead, it should support forward-looking, non-animal methods of developing replacement organs and researching disease.

We need to leave behind the ancient world of mythological creatures and embrace the promising, cutting-edge technologies that will alleviate the suffering of both animals and humans.

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Rose always buys her cruelty-free mascara, made by Wet ‘n’ Wild, at Walgreens. $3 bucks. pic/text: R.T.

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