By Mauro DePasquale, Mount Carmel Preservation Society
Next Tuesday, at Worcester City Hall, will be our last opportunity to preserve our beloved Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church as a local historic district in Worcester.
This designation is an important step to ensuring protection against the wrecking ball.
The life of our church and parish should not come down to the whim of a few who want to give up on our more than 100-year-old historic Church and still vibrant and great parish.
Read what follows and understand that we must stand tall together to counter the determination of the Diocesan leadership to demolish our beautiful historic church and the heart of Italian American culture in Worcester, as well as the heart of Worcester’s Italian American community.
We must also speak up and set the story straight and stop their continual loop of misinformation.
There can be many financial and economic benefits for Our Lady of Mount Carmel to be declared a historic district or building. We are very close to succeeding. Work to make the church safe is near completed. Once we collect all pledges, we will have met our fundraising goal.
We have more than 12,000 petioners on our side; we have a sustainability plan. The City record and the media have recorded the City’s Commissioner Kelly stating that Mount Carmel doesn’t have to be knocked down.
The record also makes clear the cost needed to “make it safe” to be occupied is $120,000. We have a different interpretation of the response from our Vatican appeal. It addresses a procedural process, and the Vatican’s response did not invole the Holy See’s actual review of all the information accumulated in City of Worcester records and from the Mount Carmel Preservation Society’s efforts.
Our Lady of Loreto is in much larger debt to the Diocese than Our Lady of Mount Carmel. We understand Loreto is in over $600,000 in debt.
What about all the money our parish has raised over the years? Why are these men so willing to give up on that historic investment?
The City has done due diligence on this matter. It’s had the historical commission hearings, city council sub-committee hearings, and it has come before the general Worcester City Council.
Please call Worcester City Council members and ask them to do the right thing and to vote to preserve our Lady of Mount Carmel to support our Mount Carmel Preservation effort to fix our church and to save our parish on Mulberry Street.
Please be present at that City Council meeting on December 13, 2016, – City Council Chambers, 3rd floor, City Hall.
If rides are needed to City Hall, let us know. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, and God Bless you and Our Lady of Mount Carmel!