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There will be a MPS meeting on Monday, June 15 at 7 PM

at WCCA TV studio, 415 Main St.

See you there!

There is also a Vigil on Sunday, as usual at 10 AM at the Mount Carmel Apartments!

Please attend! We have updates and events to share with you!

Mark you Calendar JULY 16!

Thank you,

Mauro DePasquale
MPS

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Sign up for the Worcester Public Library Summer Reading Program 2017 “Build a Better World”!!

The program runs June 23 – August 19 and is for all ages!

Track your time spent reading, listening to a book or attending library programs, and earn prizes!

This year the adults can even win a Worcester Wares t-shirt!

Also, be sure to join us for the Summer Reading Kickoff Events – they are fun for the whole family!

The kickoffs will be held at all WPL Branches on Friday, June 23, and at the Main Library at Salem Square, downtown, on Saturday, June 24.

Visit http://www.mywpl.org/article/summer-reading-program for more info and to sign up for the Summer Reading Program!

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Hello, Worcester!

This Saturday, June 10, the Worcester Public Library is once again hosting Un-Common Cinema.

If you are unfamiliar with the series, it is a film discussion group seeking to bridge touchy subjects with an open heart.

These films are chosen to strike a chord, in order to talk later about whoever we are, however we feel and whatever we believe.

This coming film is a doozy. Birth of a Nation 2016 pokes the bear twice.

The name, artfully chosen, is shared by another film, back in 1915. Also racially charged, the 1915 version of Birth of a Nation glorifies the Klu Klux Klan.

We will not be watching this film.

We will be watching , 2-4 pm in the Saxe Room, of the Main Library, Salem Sq., Birth of a Nation 2016.

This is not your Grandfather’s Birth of a Nation. The Director, Nate Parker turns the film upside down, and instead focuses on the historical slave rebellion of 1831, orchestrated by slave Nat Turner.

The film is controversial from the beginning. So come to the library,
relax, enjoy the movie, stay for the discussion if you want,
and let it all out.

Jillian

Jillian M. Parsons
Reference Librarian
Worcester Public Library

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And MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!

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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?

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http://www.preserveourladyofmountcarmel.org

MPS BOARD WORKING MEETING TBA asap.

Thank you and God Bless.

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photo submitted by Mauro DePasquale

Spring/Easter thoughts …

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By Mauro DePasquale

The sun shining through the clouds on this cool but warming April morning. It wakes up something deep inside us. Savoring that sweet scent for spring air, it takes me back to spring vacations at my grandparents’ house on Bell Hill, joyfully playing and running through their yard while my grandfather, singing happily, began clearing the garden of fallen dead winter debris. I loved it. That scent brought hope, dreams of summer, and all the happiness that would be ahead. Spring air is such a wonderful gift to be thankful for.

That sweet scent has a grit to it: mud, tree mold, dried, dead leaves, old annuals rotting out of a thaw, and yet it is a scent springing hope eternal.

It’s something we all awaken to during this time of year. No matter what our faith, our heritage, we all feel it and know it at once.

For this Catholic, it’s a gift, a sign of Easter’s promise. The scent of spring, somehow as a resonant hint of an ancient sacred covenant, an elusive reveal of the Mystery made tangible. The promise of life everlasting.

It’s more than the scent of a dead world resurrecting, it’s a spiritual resurrection. Resurrecting from the grit of our ties to this world, the mud of our faults, the mold of our participation in injustice, the rot of our sins. It is also an awakening to the mystery of life eternal exemplified in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Christ is the sun shining the light of Truth. Warming and gracing the morning of our lives, each and every day. This beautiful warm light that shines on each and every one of us for no reason, and yet, through that mysterious and Holy Spirit, we welcome it as unconditional love and mercy.

For us this seems to happen in the season after winter, however whereas time does not exist except in the profane, the Resurrection of Christ is continual, in Holy time, and every breath we take is the gift of an opportunity to share in that eternal spring. Forever in His Light, forever singing happily, forever joyful, in a life forever in love.

At the end of this day, here in this plane, we can be thankful. There is nothing to worry about. Spring is always around the corner. Although the culture of death may surround us here, we look for hope not in what is dead, rotting and bound in sin, but what is living in the promise of the eternal. Hope comes from that spirit living within us. Just remember “He is Risen” and we will also with Him rise from death. Why? Because God loves you as sure as that gift of spring air.

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Mauro DePasquale is Executive Director of WCCA TV “The People’s Channel” and President of the Mount Carmel Preservation Society.

Speak out, WRTA riders!!! … and a message from MPS …

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Worcester’s inner-city population depends on buses and pedal-/foot-power to travel around the city. pic: R.T.

Join WCCC and other Organizations
from around the city to Speak Up about proposed WRTA Bus Rate Increases and to Request Affordable, Safe and Reliable Transportation for Everyone!

Tuesday, April 11

4:30 p.m.

at the Worcester Public Library

Speak up now or pay more later!!

Current fare: $3.50 for unlimited rides.

Proposed increase: $5.00 for 6 rides max

Call for more information: 508-796-1411 x 148

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From Mauro D. on the preservation of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church:

Thank you for attending April 3rd’s dynamic general membership meeting!

Thanks to those who made themselves available for the film producers and, to those who could not not make it on camera due to time constraints, a special thank you for your patience and support.

If you were not on camera, please know there may be other opportunities to express your knowledge and experience of this horrible situation going on!

Your continued support is highly valued and needed.

It looks like our Meat Raffle fund raiser is off to a great start.

It takes place on April 22 at 1 PM at Union Tavern on 65 Green St.

Our appeal has been received by the Vatican and we are moving forward.

Prospects with a Barrister in Rome look very encouraging.

There will be a special prayer vigil at 9 am in front of St Paul’s Cathedral on TUESDAY, April 11, across the street from the entrance, near the parking lot of Denholms. If rides are needed, call a fellow member.

We invite everyone to attend our Sunday Prayer Vigil Sunday at 10 am at the Mount Carmel Apartments. A great place to meet and keep informed.

God Bless You and God Bless Our Lady of Mount Carmel!

Mauro
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http://www.preserveourladyofmountcarmel.org

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Here is the Latest Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Update!

By Mauro DePasquale, MPS +

http://www.preserveourladyofmountcarmel.org

1. Our Board is working diligently behind the scenes on a daily basis.

2. We have submitted our Canonical Appeal in response to the Bishop’s rejection of our earlier appeal.

3. We are working on printing up a new time-line spreadsheet of activities and fundraisers.

4. Thanks to the members of the First Unitarian Church, especially Linda Wyatt, for reaching out to us and hosting a fundraiser for our benefit on March 11. It was a huge success. Details will be shared asap. Look for our next fundraiser TBA.

5. As we have informed in our last update, we had sent a letter to Msgr Pedone and members of his parish council asking for a response regarding the consideration of preserving Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Mulberry Street as a Shrine. We have yet to receive a response from anyone.

6. We are also working on coordinating our engineer with the Diocese’s facility manager. Remember Msgr Pedone asked us to provide any pay for a certified engineer to walk through and inspect the building to determine whether or not it can be occupied and repaired. The Monsignor also is asking MPS to pay for repairs, if needed.

7. In our effort to further encourage broader participation to our fundraiser, one of our members paid for a display ad in the bulletin seeking support from whomever may read the church bulletin. The display ad was to run through April. We were informed that Church leadership had the ad removed in February.

So please be sure inform parishioners, friends, and community members, that our MPS continues our quest to work with our entire parish and friends of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

8. The City of Worcester still has not yet signed of on the facade “make safe” work. This is because, we are told, the Architect of record has not yet submitted a signed affidavit to the City’s building Commissioner, needed as a prerequisite to allow the City inspection process to move forward.

9. Our Sunday prayer Vigil continues at 10 a.m. at the Mount Carmel Apartments.

10. ST. JOSEPH FISH FRY is Monday night. Mass will be celebrated in the Mount Carmel Apartments and the fish will be served in the Recreation Center on Mulberry Street.

11. Keep those donations and support letters and editorials coming. http://www.preserveourladyofmountcarmel.org

We are moving forward. Stay tuned for more. A general meeting is being planned I will let you know when we have a date available for it.

God Bless you, and God Bless Our Lady Of Mount Carmel!

Sincerely,
Mauro

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My Patriotic Duty! To run for Worcester City Councilor at-Large – Again!

By Ron O’Clair

Hello again, InCity Times readers! I pulled out nomination papers on the 7th of March 2017 to run a second time for Worcester City Councilor at-Large, after having finished next-to-last in the last Municipal Election. I want to explain to our readers why I feel qualified and motivated to go out and collect the 300 registered voters’ signatures required to get my name on the ballot once again this coming Municipal Election!

I care deeply for the City of Worcester and its unique collection of eclectic types! Individuals from around the world who make up our population. We are a cosmopolitan city on the rise, and I believe I can guide our city to a better and more prosperous place. For all who choose to make their homes here among the natives.

Worcester is near and dear to my heart, and having travelled extensively (leaving this country and returning seven times) with the US Military when I was a Reserve Staff Sergeant gave me a unique perspective on what makes our city the place that it is. No matter how far I went or for how long, I yearned to return to the city of my birth. My roots.

I travelled extensively within the Continental United States as well and even stopped off for an overnight in the Puerto Rico possession coming back from a 37 day Temporary Duty Assignment in Honduras back in the mid-1980s under President Ronald Reagan.

There is not much that goes on in my hometown that I don’t have a handle on, after studying it, and the people in it for the last 30 years of my life. I am an honorable man who was a victim of an uncaring system that is supposed to champion the rights of ALL THE PEOPLE EQUALLY. When I saw with my own eyes that Worcester had a long standing habit of favoritism, nepotism and cronyism in public sector jobs stretching back generations in which corrupt members of the old Worcester County Administration could abuse their authority and deprive unsuspecting individuals of their due process rights to be allowed to go on about their legal and lawful business without undue interference and get away with it, I vowed to check into the matter.

There was at that time in Worcester (Sept. 30, 1986) a great “Good Ol’ Boy” network of characters who felt their political and legal connections gave them the right to deprive other citizens of theirs for no valid reason, other than perhaps you may have gotten on the wrong side of a man with a gun, a position of quasi-authority and a network of thoroughly corrupted people who could enforce only those laws they felt like enforcing. And take their ire out on innocent people at whim.

Prior to my involvement first hand, these people had been able to sweep incidents under the rug, preventing the public from getting justice, so as not to upset their apple carts, and keep the cushy jobs in the “family.” I never believed the stories about this being true, until they tried to deprive me of my due process rights! Until I was slapped with trumped-up charges of an erroneous nature which were a blemish on my otherwise clean record of service, integrity and honor.

They caused me to investigate them all these years and now that I have the knowledge I sought, I want to ensure that it never happens to another person here in the Worcester County.

I am running for Worcester City Council on a platform of truth, equality of treatment under the LAW, and true JUSTICE for ALL WHO RESIDE HERE, regardless of ethnicity, sexuality, age, or anything else. We are ALL worthy of the respect the human condition deserves, and NO ONE is above the law, not even – and especially! – those folks who are charged with the duty to uphold these sacred rights for ALL – EQUALLY UNDER THE LAW.

A Vote for Ron O’Clair for City Councilor at-Large will ensure that every Worcester resident has an equal opportunity for advancement based upon their qualifications and drive to succeed, rather than who their “Uncle” is. Elect “Ron O’Clair for City Councilor At-Large” and like the Facebook page with that name to support my Candidacy.

Thank you for reading the above! Ron O’Clair, Worcester, Massachusetts USA.
ronaldoclair@hotmail.com Call (774) 242-1468 to donate time or money to the Campaign Headquarters and help end the unfairness in the City of Worcester political apparatus!!!!

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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The Second Annual Veteran Homestead Star Spangled Go-Kart Challenge

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Thursday, April 6

5 pm – 9 pm

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REC WORCESTER 🌺EARTH DAY🌸🌻 NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUPS AND BEAUTIFICATION!🌻🌸🌹🌺💐

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Saturday, April 8

8 am – 12 pm

We are excited to invite you to join us for this year’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!!!🌸❤

Please feel free to contact Pat Barnosky with any questions or concerns
– earthday@recworcester.org – 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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Mount Carmel Preservation Society will be meeting on MONDAY, February 6 – 6:30 p.m.

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… 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

From the Mount Carmel Preservation Society

MESSAGE TO MOUNT CARMEL PRESERVATION members and supporters:

We were all deeply saddened by the Historic Commission’s stunning decision to not move our petition for a Historic District feasibility study forward at last night’s meeting on January 19, 2017.

Such a study would have been worthy, on many levels, to undertake, and the commission would have received plenty of facilitation support from Preservation Worcester and from our Mount Carmel Preservation Society. Moving forward with the study would have been a just and respectful step in consideration of a Church that is a primary living historical artifact and an important part of Worcester’s identity as a multicultural city and, as well, to its Italian community.

Mount Carmel Preservation members and our supporters should be proud of their hard work and amazing accomplishments. Thank you for pursuing our collective mission with dignity, with conviction and assertiveness.

We love our Church and our Faith, we were not ashamed to bring witness to the truth.

We continue to believe our Church is a historical Sacred structure worthy of preservation. The City Building Commissioner said there was no need to knock the church down. Our studies indicated our parish, seated on Mulberry Street, could maintain and sustain the Church and campus. As a parish that has a potential to thrive on a plot of land, of approximately five acres, assessed at approximately $7 million dollars, it is no surprise, as parishioners, with respect to all who made sacrifices over the last 100 years toward building our Church, that we are very disappointed with the Commission’s decision.

You all stood tall as a true family, continually respectful and professional through the entire process in our passionate appeal to fix and re-open our church and save our parish on Mulberry Street. We acted in good faith throughout the entire process. We were let down by our Parish leadership.

There may be opportunities for various appeals to consider and our Board is taking them under advisement.

Now, as we move forward with thanksgiving and forgiveness, we join members of the Worcester City Council, Preservation Worcester and Mass Preservation, in hopes, and as we requested, to continue discussions with the Bishop, to work together and to explore ways to re-open our Church.

We pray the Bishop will have a change of heart or, at the very least, the WBDC and the Chamber of Commerce will find a developer who fully understands and appreciates the value of functional sacred space.

We will update you with further actions as soon as possible. I hope to see you at our Prayer vigil this Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Mt Carmel Apartments.

Our next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, February 6, at 6 p.m. Details will be forthcoming.

God Bless you and God Bless Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Ann Parish.

Mauro DePasquale, President
Mount Carmel Preservation Society

Attn: Mt. Carmel boosters! … TONIGHT! – Thurs! – Historic Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. – Worcester City Hall

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The steeple of Our Lady of Mount Carmel church, located on Mulberry Street in Worcester’s glorious Italian American East Side neighborhood! pic:R.T.

In the Levi-Lincoln Room (3rd floor)

See you there!

By Mauro DePasquale, president

Our Lady of Mount Carmel church Preservation Society

Please consider this:

1. The Diocese does not want a Historic District. It holds a permit to knock the church down.

2. The Mount Carmel Preservation Society (MPS) wants the Church to be re-opened with masses and to save the parish on Mulberry Street.

3. The Diocese is merging the two parishes but has not committed to seating the parish sacred gathering space on Mulberry street in our historic church. According to the Bishop, the merger is non-negotiable and was a part of the unilateral offering made by the Bishop on December 30. (BTW An offer with no guarantees but to explore possibilities.) While a permit for May demotion continues to be on cue.

4. MPS provided a comprise by offering six points for the Diocese to consider and respond to before we withdraw our petition.

5. The Diocese ignored our request as of this writing and many in our group have interpreted an implied negative message which is to be published in the Jan 22nd bulletin. This is after we held our part of the bargain of delaying our petition, held quiet with the press, upon request of the Bishop, until Jan 10. We had no real choice but to move forward with the petition as vetted by the Worcester City Council, due to time constraints for processing it.

6. Whereas the MPS mission is, in part, to preserve the church – and we have discussed the consequences a number of times with the Board and general membership – and whereas the Bishop has not indicated in anyway that he is willing to even discuss our 6 points, we can choose to either walk away or move forward with whatever hope the Historic District has to offer toward preservation of our sacred space and community anchors.

Our members spoke clearly at our latest meeting on how they wish to proceed. Therefore, we are moving forward with our petition, with hopes the Diocese will continue discussions to truly work toward preserving and re-opening our Church.

7. Our mission is to preserve our Church and, for the time being, the Historic District offers at least a chance to preserve it. With consensus from the membership and our Board, we have little choice but to move forward with open eyes and hearts – open to continue to appeal for the Bishop to have a change of heart in favor of saving and re-opening our historic church.

We believe the Diocese does not want the church to sit there on Mulberry Street as an eyesore. No one does. It deserves better – to be re-opened, with masses celebrated there weekly.

Hopefully, this process will encourage a move toward preservation and real, open, bilateral discussion …

Moving ahead…

Mauro

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