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.
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.”
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!