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​AN ITALIAN DINNER SHOW at Mechanics Hall!

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Please attend this elegant evening of great music, food and friendship – while helping to support the work of the Mount Carmel Preservation Society!

“AN ITALIAN DINNER SHOW” Featuring Marco Turo, Lori Z (Sounds of Streisand) and Joe Cariglia

MECHANICS HALL

321 Main St., Worcester

Saturday, June 17

6 PM (Cocktails/ Meet & Greet)

7 PM -11 PM Dinner & Entertainment

Portion of proceeds to: Mount Carmel Preservation Society ​

For tickets: please contact
Nancy Iagallo at nancei888@msn.com

Thank you!
Mauro

A church Sunday bulletin does not give room for rebuttal, does it?

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel church

CROSS at MT CARMEL(2)

By Mauro DePasquale

What we as parishioners and members of the Mount Carmel Preservation Society see as the heart of the matter:

Mount Carmel Preservation Society (MPS) stated it will come up with the $120,000 (the cost the City Building Commissioner had originally said it would take to make Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church safe) to help alleviate the burden of cost upon the Diocese (the real owners of the building).

We said we would be happy to turn over the money raised to the Monsignor after the Monsignor opened the doors for Masses.

The Monsignor accepted that, and at a meeting with the MPS board said he would hope to have it by June 2017.

We proceeded and raised enough funds in pledges and cash and placed it on hold until the Monsignor opened the doors to our church.

We also, at that point, suggested and requested that Masses be conducted, temporarily, in the Recreation Center until the Church was made safe.

The Monsignor rejected that suggestion.

We had the Church positioned for the National Historic Register, which would make the building available for grants and tax credits that could save up to 40% of repair cost.

He rejected that option.

We offered a sustainability plan he was not interested in reviewing.

He then turned around and said the interior of our church needs to also be “proven” safe by a certified engineer. He then asked that the MPS pay for the engineer.

When we had an engineer ready to schedule an entry, the Monsignor sent us to the Diocese facility manager to set up an appointment to enter the building. The facility manager, about a month later, told us we had to ask the Monsignor to let us in.

When we apprised the Monsignor of this, the Monsignor refused to allow our Engineer enter the church and said there will be “no further discussion.”

Every effort the MPS made to reach out to the rest of the parish community the Monsignor censored, blocked, criticized or simply rejected, as if it were a personal attack, which of course it never was.

We are parishioners who simply want to save our beloved Church rather than walk away from it. To us it is a meaningful and Holy sacred place, an anchor to our families, our heritage and our identity as Italian American Catholics and Worcesterites. We simply haven’t given up on our Church like so many Catholics have after the pedophile cases came to light.

Shouldn’t the Church be working to save all that is holy and to save its flock, rather than risk loosing it?

This Sunday’s May 7 Church Bulletin we find the Monsignor spinning his own story, again painting an incorrect perspective about his own parishioners who are members of MPS, pitting our parish against itself.

The Church needs repair. Perhaps it can be doable over the years. We have a sustainability plan that proved it possible. Furthermore, it may also be possible to have Masses at the Church in a short time while a section of the church is under repair. We could also, if need be, have Masses on campus at the Recreation Center while major work is conducted.

Our engineer could have given us a definite answer to that question – IF THE MONSIGNOR WOULD HAVE LET HIM IN THE CHURCH TO INSPECT IT. But he didn’t.

The Pastor and the Diocese continually blame a declining congregation population. We have not seen scientific proof of declining numbers. I remember a time when the count conducted at Mount Carmel consisted of someone standing in the choir loft finger counting heads before Mass. That same person then sang in the choir during Mass.

So what about those in the church who were seated in the ten or so pews below the Choir loft – the people who couldn’t be seen from the choir loft? What about those who came late to Mass, while the choir member was engaged in music ministry? Where’s the real evidence? Where is the real transparency?

Is it really necessary to close the church?

Is it really necessary to merge our parish with another parish that is in deep debt to the Diocese for reasons we are not really fully aware of?

Real transparency would answer those questions, but no one knows the answer to them because there is a lack of transparency. Parishioners have paid to build and sustain the church over the years, a church we do not own, and yet, in this latest church bulletin, the Monsignor spins his story in such a way as to blame parishioners for the neglect of the owners, THE DIOCESE. He opines the fact that the owners had to put money into their own building, even though he knows, if he opens the church for Masses, MPS would come up with that money.

Wow! Can you imagine if all building owners could get their tenants to make a loan, from the owner, to pay to repair that owner’s building?

We also found many model plans for the Church to be preserved as a living shrine, which can have limited masses and serve a community of faith. This was also rejected without discussion.

Talk about transparency!

Can the Monsignor tell us why Our Lady of Loretto church is in such deep debt?

Can he tell us if the Diocese is really loosing parishioners left and right? Why is it so and where are they going? Can he tell us what he is doing to convert or retain parishioners? He doesn’t seem to care about the thousands of Catholics and Christians and others that agree with and support our mission. Can he tell us where ALL the money parishioners donate (including all weekly baskets, legacy giving, and other donations) is really going to pay for?

Can he tell us why he is betraying his flock and the Word of Christ by chastising our members and calling our efforts foolish? Can he tell us where we can find the “Holiness” in all of this?

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Here is a link to the church bulletin:​
https://content.parishesonline.com/bulletins/04/0513/20170507B.pdf

A Must Read – One reason Why Loretto and the Diocese May be in Debt:
https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/parishioners-look-to-save-church

MPS BOARD WORKING MEETING Monday, 5:30 p.m. Please contact Mauro for details.

Thank you and God Bless,

Mauro DePasquale, Mount Carmel Preservation Society

Let us pray …

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The much loved Our Lady of Mount Carmel church is slated for demolition this month. pics: R.T.

From MPS head Mauro DePasquale:

Why the apparent need to close or merge so many Catholic Churches? It has been reported that perhaps billions of dollars are needed to address legal settlements for pedophile cases. However, there are also stories like the following. Could this be, in part, why there may be pressure to close and merge churches?

Why merge Our Lady of Mount Carmel with a Parish that has over $600,000 in debt?
Read:

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/parishioners-look-to-save-church

An EXAMPLE of MISMANAGEMENT…

January 11 posted:

OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL CHURCH, WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, WAS UNJUSTLY CLOSED BY THE CHURCH LEADERSHIP ON MAY 1ST, 2016

The church was neglected by the Diocese of Worcester who had a fiduciary responsibility to assure its maintenance, knowing that viable solutions to repair and sustain it are available and at hand.

It is scheduled for demolition in May, 2017.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is a community anchor, an iconic, irreplaceable, historically significant cultural center, as well as a centerpiece for Worcester’s large Italian American population.

It was also awarded the distinction as one of the top seven historic resources in Massachusetts.

The Mount Carmel Preservation Society is working diligently to save Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. It is unjust to see this historical treasure demolished unnecessarily.

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Do you read the same old arrogance from opposition or the misinformation that is reported without any real investigative reporting?

Although Mount Carmel is a significant architectural and irreplaceable sacred space, and also one of the top 7 most endangered historical resources in Massachusetts, parishioners are fighting for justice. If love of a building were the simple case, why have any church buildings at all here or at the Vatican?

VIDEO

http://www.preserveourladyofmountcarmel.org

MPS BOARD WORKING MEETING TBA asap.

Thank you and God Bless.

CROSS at MT CARMEL(2)
photo submitted by Mauro DePasquale

Always in style!: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church – as a SHRINE!!!😇😇😇 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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Mount Carmel Preservation Society will be meeting on MONDAY, February 6 – 6:30 p.m.

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editor’s note: From Mauro DePasquale. I’ve made some sentences bold:

… at WCCA TV, 415 Main Street. Near City Hall.

Please make every effort to attend.

Thank you!

Many of you may have received letters from the Bishop and Monsignor Pedone in the last two days or so.

The work of our society is NOT OVER!

We will continue to stand tall with courage and move forward with our mission with stronger determination.

MPS has filed a Canonical Appeal to address the Bishop’s decree announcing a parish merger. He will have a limited time to respond.

Remember, shortly after the Monsignor locked the doors and first filed for a permit to demolish [Our Lady of Mount Carmel] Church we began our mission to Fix the Church and Save the Parish on Mulberry Street.

Since then, the Monsignor stated numerous times in public and in private meetings that if we raised the funds to alleviate the burden of cost of the “Make Safe” work, as ordered by the City Building commissioner, and have a sustainability plan and engineers signed off on the work, he will re-open the Church for masses. We responded that when this work is completed and after doors are opened for mass, we will then collect our pledges.

Well, it looks like the “Make Safe” work is done or very very close to being completed. So will the doors be opened? We expect to hear from the City of Worcester inspectors if the church is safe to occupy or not.

Coincidentally, the decree merged the parish as of Feb. 1, and it was announced that activities and materials will be moved to [Our Lady of] Loretto church and another Our Lady of Providence on Lincoln Street. Just in time when the work may be completed. So . . . . ! Does it sound like doors will be opened?

The letters you received may seem to illustrate a complete disregard for the work and efforts of all you toward fixing our church and saving our parish. However, we continue to seek clarification and a possible willingness, on the Diocese part, to explore a way to save the church as a sacred space.

We made numerous calls to the City planning department asking if the City Inspector has signed off. We expect to hear from them soon.

Although Mount Carmel is on of the top 7 most endangered historic resources in Massachusetts, our petition for a Historic District Feasibility study was stunningly turned down by members of the Historic Commission. We were told an appeal, if unlikely voted in an affirmative, may be possible but it may also be a lengthy process, if it passes. Not in time for the May wrecking ball.

There still are options. We will discuss them on Monday.

To save this important historical treasure as our sacred worship place, we must continue to pray the Monsignor and/or the Bishop come to understand what is truly in the best interest of our parish, the faithful, and perhaps the Diocese. The right and just decision for the Diocese, we believe, is to consider fixing the church and bringing the entire parish back to Mulburry Street.

Many have asked me: “If the church is fixed, why not let us all have another chance at sustaining it?”

I asked the Diocese if the work ordered by the City to fix the church is completed. Vicor Reidy returned my call today. The following simply outlines the points he made in our discussion which he believes are true at this time:

Regarding Receipt of our appeal:

1. The Bishop did receive our appeal. No comment was offered.

Regarding the “Make Safe work as ordered by the City:

2.Banding on the Church tower is completed

3.Tie back work is completed

4. Diocese engineers have inspected the work. He did not elaborate on that. They may have signed off on it. We are not certain, however.

5. Through bolts and plates were being added to prevent the veneer on the facade from falling off.

6. There is more exploratory work that may be going on to see what other urgent work that may need addressing. He did not elaborate.

7.Some of the netting was tucked in. This may indicate that the facade work is completed.

8. He said it is “Virtually done, if not totally.”

9. He then stressed it was a temporary fix, “not permanent.”

NEXT STEPS:

1. We will discuss on Monday night.

2. Monsignor Pedone is putting together a committee to determine next steps for the property. We have asked to participate in that committee. We have received no response as of this writing.

2. The Vicor added that the Diocese is not driving this – under canon law, the Paster makes the decisions relative to these matters.

We hope to hear from our Canon advisor before articulating and determining our MPS next steps. We have sent in the appeal. The Bishop has it and is obligated to respond.

See you Monday (Feb 6), if not Sunday at the vigil.

Your ideas, editorials, donations are welcomed!

Thank you,

Mauro
http://www.preserveourladyofmountcarmel.org

A heartfelt thank you and what’s next for Our Lady of Mount Carmel church😇😇😇

By Mauro DePasquale, president, Mount Carmel Preservation Society

editor’s note: I’ve made some sentences bold. -R.T.

Thank God! Never underestimate faith and power of prayer!

[Tuesday] night the [Worcester] City Council voted 9-2 to move our petition for a Mount Carmel Historic District forward.

This is a noteworthy event that requires us all to remain vigilant toward preserving and reopening our church on Mulberry Street.

We look forward ​to continuing discussions with the Diocese, as we hope to work together toward a solution to re-open and maintain the Church on Mulberry Street.

Thank you to the nine [City] Council members ​(Mayor Joseph Petty, Candy Carlson, George Russel, Kate Toomey, Morris Bergman, Gary Rosen, Konstantia Lukes, Sarai Rivera, Khrystian King) for voting in support of providing time for hope and serious discussion to transpire.​Their vote signifies the justice of our mission and the time and due diligence all stake holders and the historic resource deserves.​

Thank you to all ​the amazing speakers ​ who spoke, from the heart, passionately, in favor of moving our petition forward, and thank you to all who came to [Tuesday] night’s meeting in support of MPS [the Mount Carmel Preservation Society].

We need to think out of the box, but a solution to sustainability and continued repairs is possible. Now we will have a chance to properly present our ideas. The road ahead may not be easy, but neither was it for those who sacrificed to build it.

See you at the next Historic Commission Meeting. We will inform you of date, time and location details soon.

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Mount Carmel Preservation Society Statement – January 10, 2017

Immediate Release

In December 2016 the Mount Carmel Preservation Society (MPS) had delayed its petition for a historical district for Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

This was done in good faith, in exchange for the Bishop’s offer that, if we tabled our petition, he will not take action to demolish the Church until January 2018 and will also work with the MPS, the WBDC and the Chamber of Commerce, to explore and seek a solution to save the church.

MPS met with the Bishop on December 30, 2016 and took what had transpired under advisement with our Membership. We later responded, with membership consensus, with a letter sent on January 3, 2017, to the Diocesan leadership, asking the Diocese to consider addressing concerns that we felt needed to first be agreed to in order to set a proper foundation for future discussions.

Whereas the Diocese response did not address our specific concerns by January 9, as per our request, and whereas the permit for demolition formally continues to stand for May 2017, and the window to preserve the Church is closing in on the time required to properly process a Historic District application, we must move forward with our petition.

Our request asking the Council to move our petition forward to the historic commission, reflects our desire to give the Historic Commission, and all the stake holders, the fair amount of time and due diligence, Mount Carmel, as one of the top ten most endangered historical resources in Massachusetts, deserves.

It is our understanding, as recently reaffirmed in a recent response to an appeal from the Vatican, that the Church is safe from the wrecking ball until the Bishop first issues a decree to relegate it to profane but not sordid use, which may be appealed through a process set forth through Canon Law.

With consideration to the above, it is the consensus MPS membership to move forward with their petition for a Mount Carmel Historic District, before the City Council this Tuesday (1/10/17).

The Mount Carmel Preservation Society does not wish to risk the church to the wrecking ball as scheduled in May 2017. We are seeking the Diocese to be willing to accept the following in order for us to consider further delaying our petition for a historic district:

We have asked this of the Diocese in a letter sent on January 4, 2017 with a request to respond to us by January 9, 2017:

The Diocese to be willing to issue a written promise to revoke the permit to demolish scheduled for May 2017 or promise to delay any action to demolish the Church until January 2019. To allow time for discussions and implementation of a process to develop a master plan that includes a funding solution to repair and re-open the Church;

The Diocese to be willing to have Masses celebrated in the Recreation Center until the church is made safe to reopen;

The Diocese to be willing to re-open the church for masses as soon as the City [of Worcester] Inspector deems it safe to enter;

Church leadership to be willing to collaborate with the Mount Carmel Preservation Society, with the MPS having a voting role, in the care, manage and maintain the Church as sacred center for Worcester’s Italian American Community and for all Catholics to celebrate our faith;

The Diocese to consider having our Parish, in collaboration with the Mount Carmel Preservation Society, develop the property to best use land and structures to benefit Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish.

In the event that the Parish is not to facilitate development of the property on its own, Mount Carmel Preservation Society will have a voting seat at the table during the design process, and formulation of the Master plan to assure the building will continue to exist as a functioning sacred space, and as a religious and cultural center for the Italian American people of Worcester. and decisions concerning the eventual buyer.

The Historic District study can take more than 60 days (up to a year in some cases as we were informed) and whereas time is of the essence, the Diocese response to our request in the positive to the above must be sooner rather than later. Therefor without the response to what we are seeking prior to the Council meeting on January 10, we (MPS) feel it is in the best interest of our mission to move forward with the Historic District petition. We expect to continue discussions with Bishop and the Diocese in hopes to find an agreeable solution toward saving and reopening our Church as the petition moves forward through the process.

Regretfully, the Bishop has informed the MPS that our request of maintaining the Our Lady of Mount Carmel/St. Ann Parish, as a single parish, on Mulberry Street is denied and non-negotiable. If there is to be no parish, further delay of the petition will only be pursuant to MPS receiving a written assurance that the six items, as stated above, can be agreed to by the Diocese and that Mount Carmel is to continue to exist as a sacred space, with broad base access and support.

It has been a part of our goal all along to fix the Church and reopen it for masses and to save our parish on Mulberry Street. We look forward to healing our parish family and to save its local history as well as its sacred Italian American cultural center for all to celebrate.

We feel at this time it is in the best interest of our mission to move forward with our petition as we pursue open discussions to explore solutions to preserve and reopen our Church.

Thank you.

maurodep1@gmail.com

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Historic Commission, Bishop McManus, Monsignor Pedone, MPS Board of Directors

Worcester City Council: Please! Vote next Tuesday to approve the Our Lady of Mount Carmel block as a local Historic District!

By Mauro DePasquale, President, Mount Carmel Preservation Society

Parishioners and Members of the Mount Carmel Preservation Society (MPS) support a vote to approve the Our Lady of Mount Carmel block as a local Historic District.

This is supported by the fund raising efforts of MPS, as well as by more than 12,000 petitioners who are asking the Bishop and Pastor to fix the Church and Save the Parish on Mulberry Street.

Preservation is about celebrating something that is precious, meaningful and good for ALL people, as it raises the aesthetic of our surroundings.

The act of preservation benefits everyone and is a form of unification.

Mount Carmel Preservation Society is dedicated to fixing one of the top seven most endangered historical resources in all of Massachusetts (Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Church).

The designation of a historical district will:

improve the status of the Mount Carmel neighborhood;

protect the area for community benefit;

improve the cultural vitality of our city;

and mark a significant and unique space for all to gather, to celebrate and share something special, of historical significance, with our Italian American community and all immigrant groups.

It will also provide opportunities for the Parishioners of Our Lady Of Mount Carmel to reinforce their sustainability efforts for the future.

This designation is about unification as it centers our collective heritage along with a unique historical building/resource and facing it into the future of Worcester’s identity.

This is the glue that cements true preservation, as we share and celebrate something meaningful with common purpose.

To counter this effort is an affront to the human spirit and those things we the collective community hold of value.

Approving the local historic district designation for the Our Lady of Mount Carmel block sends a message that Worcester cares and values its immigrant communities, old and new.

http://www.preserveourladyofmountcarmel.org

Fix our Church and Save our Parish on Mulberry St.

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Worcester City Council contact info

Call our city councilors and ask them to VOTE YES! Thank you!

Mayor Joe Petty
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508-799-8789 home

Morris Bergman
508-799-1049 work
508-754-8141 home

Khrystian King
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Konstantina Lukes
508-799-1049 work
508-798-1815 home

Kate Toomey
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508-798-1815

Anthony Economou
508-854-3014 home

Candy Mero-Carlson
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Michael Gaffney
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George Russell
508-795-0333 home

Sarai Rivera
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508-755-3006 home

Gary Rosen
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508-755-3006 home

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