DIOCESES LOOSES IT’s BID FOR A DEMOLITION DELAY WAIVER:Mount Carmel Parishioners are VICTORIOUS

Over 100 parishioners and community supporters along with a number of City Councilors stood tall last night on JUNE 6, 2016 as they appealed to the Historical Commission to deny the Demolition Delay waiver requested by the Worcester Diocese.

Historical Commission were not convinced the Diocese does not have the capacity to correct the safety concerns suggested by the Diocesan hired architects and that all options were explored to properly monetize the property and to make it safe. Whereas the real owners of the building, The Diocese, did not make a case for under financial hardship, the demolition delay waiver was denied. The building can stand for another 12 months to allow time for concerned parties to find a solution to FIX the CHURCH and SAVE the Parish.

Repairing the building is not insurmountable. The Mount Carmel Preservation Society has been working on a comprehensive REVENUE AND OPERATIONAL plan that makes it worth 12 months to explore. The Diocese however needs to be opened to its parishioners needs in this case and willing to work with the MCPS.

In addition to a very thorough presentation by the Engineering firm hired by the Diocese,pointing out serious structural issues. The Mount Carmel Preservation Society agreed there are serious matters however called for time to organize a current repair project assessment with a plan to address priority risk and move forward with ideas and tools that the parish finance committee simply did not pursue.

The Diocesan representatives continued to blame dwindling parish members and weekly collections. The hearing brought light to the fact that to simply blame parishioners who for generations have committed huge amounts of money and sacrifice for their parishes, they deserve a chance to be heard and at the table when it comes to decision regarding the future of it’s church and parish.

Every Church may be facing dwindling parishioners rather than blaming the parishioners let’s ask them why they are leaving. Let’s find an answer to that and find a solution(s) to get them to return to the Catholic Church. That solution(s) should be at the heart of the Capital campaign brand. If the financial committee hasn’t done that , they failed at the start.

Phil Nigro a member of the Mount Carmel Preservation Society stated on his Facebook “Brilliant work on the part of this wonderful group of impassioned faithful parishioners. Quite a day in the history of Mt Carmel Church. My father would have loved it. To see the Worcester Historical commission raise their hands in unanimous support of the faithful parishioners was really something extraordinary..Unforgettable.”

I saw brilliant testimony but most striking was the overwhelming declaration, supported by a packed Council Chamber, of the strong faith, universal holy spirit, and love of parish family and community at this hearing. To think, this went on for hours, in City Hall, people professing their heartfelt FAITH and LOVE for their CHURCH is stunning and remarkable. Now the real work begins. Is the Diocese will to Shepherd it’s people, to allow them to participate fully in regards to the destiny of their beloved parish? Time will tell. It’s in the hands of our LORD Jesus Christ.
Holy Mary Mother of GOD, pray for us all. +

NEXT: Now is a time for some healing to be followed by opened cooperative dialogue. +

Tom Quinn reporter from Worcester Magazine wrote of last night’s Victory

http://worcestermag.com/2016/06/09/demolition-delay-waiver-denied-mount-carmel-church/43537

Mount Carmel Preservation Society Met with the Bishop Here’s the Results

Carmelita wrote:

After our disappointing meeting yesterday with the bishop, Pedone, Fr. Reidy, Jeff & Al from the ineffectual and impotent finance committee of our beloved Mount Carmel I have a new take on their insistent denial to grant any all proposals to keep the Mt. Carmel property an active church.

We asked if we raised the money for the church would it be reopened for mass–NO
We asked can we have mass in the center–NO
We asked if by some chance if we raised money for a smaller church could we build it–NO

They were insistent that F. Stephen Pedone wants to keep the center as an Italian Culture Center. Yet F. Stephen has renounced his membership in the Sons of Italy, has had little if any contact with the Italian community until his arrival at our parish and his only connection is his last name.
The only reason they wanted us at the table is to raise money for the center.

We asked would the diocese entertain putting the land into an incorporated parish, part of the diocese with the land owned by parish not the bishop –NO. The bishop did share that in Rhode Island that is how that diocese operates.

How ignorant do they think we are to once again raise money for an entity that neither respects us or allows us to be part of the process.

We need to continue this process in the courts, in the city, state and federal arenas and in the public domain.

No where else is it permitted to buy property and maintain it for decades and not have a right to it.

The Catholic Church must start to change from the autocratic to the inclusive administration of the faithful.

Today there are at least 200 communities and a million people who belong to alternative Catholic groups.

There may just be another one formed if things don’t change quickly.

Comment Following Our Meeting with Bishop McManus

It makes no sense to not try to fix the Church and Save the Parish. After spending over 1 million on the roof, another $120,000 plus an opportunity to work with capable parish members to fully restore the Church over a few years, wouldn’t that be worth preserving a beautiful historic church and Parish? Just imagine, in a year or more down the road, if and whatever development project emerges there, it will be nothing but slap in the face of the glorious history all the past generations, and beauty of the Church that is there today. Nothing will fill the whole of such a vibrant parish community as Our Lady of Mount Carmel . The Diocese may lease it or sell it for some pay off but it will be at the expense of loosing more members. All the while some opportunist/developers will reap 200 fold or more. That will be a huge unjust situation for all Catholics in Worcester. By the way, all churches have dwindling parishioners and crumbling buildings. Throwing “good money after bad ” was used a lot by Diocesean officials as we appealed to save the church. I wonder if this will be the new buzz phrase for which ever church is next. Think about what that phrase means to those parishioners who feel abandoned , who after having “served their purpose” are told “just go 3 miles up the road”. Why?  To go and bail out that church?
Mount Carmel Preservation Society has a solution but it will require openness and dialogue, however, a Diocese unwilling to include all its parishioners appears destined to fail.

Learn more about the situation through this TV interview

Members of teh Mount Carmel Preservation Society were interviewed recently on WCCA TV’s “Activate Worcester” episode #147 featuring Carmelita Bello and Mauro DePasquale it can be seen for free on-demand viewing at  WCCA website at
http://www.wccatv.com/video/activate-worcester/ACTIVATEWORCESTER147

Activate Worcester, hosted by Ron Motta shows viewers how to participate and become active in Worcester.  Ron’s guests Carmelita Bello and Mauro DePasquale , parishioners of the 80 year old Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish Catholic Church that was recently closed and now  may be demolished chat with Ron.

PLEDGE TODAY SAVE THE DAY : PRESERVE Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

The Parishioners that are Mount Carmel Preservation Society have a pledge drive to raise the $120,000 needed to secure teh Church building and make it occupyable again for Masses. This will allow us to also begin our strategic plan to sustain the Church and Parish over the longer term. Please pledge today and save the day, be a Mount Carmel Angel

Complete the PLEDGE form and mail it or email it to address on the form. No money will be exchanged until after our June 9 Public Historical Commission Hearing which will determine whether or not the demolition will proceed or be delayed for 12 month to give us time to mobilize resources to Fix the Church and Save the Parish.OLMC Pledge Form_JuneRevised_6_2016

Petition to Preserve Our Lady Of Mount Carmel

Please consider joining the hundreds of parishioners and supporters in a effort to save this beautiful church building and our Parish. Visit our online petition at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/952/109/835/save-out-lady-of-mount-carmel-parish-and-community/
Once there please sign and leave a comment or a memory we love to hear and archive your memories and relationships of this beautiful and vibrant parish.

Please use the tag #PreserveOurLadyOfMountCarmel as much as possible.
Find us on Facebook Save Our Lady of Mount Carmel ( make sure it is the Chruch in Worcester, MA )
at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1060081634060915/permalink/1064997080236037/

Welcome to our Preserve Our Lady Of Mount Carmel webpage

We are parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, working together as the MOUNT CARMEL PRESERVATION SOCIETY to Save our Church and Parish from being needlessly demolished. We represent over 100 caring, dedicated, loving parishioners, and supporters, in a battle to Preserve Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Church and Parish Community and to save the Church building from being demolished and our Parish from being dispersed. Stand Tall with us as we face a difficult challenge ahead to raise funds needed to strengthen our fight to “FIX the Church and Save the Parish” OUR EXCLUSIVE FUND RAISING SITE for DONATIONS is:
https://www.gofundme.com/23uc7q4 and our Petition / appeal to the Bishop and our Pastor to reconsider the life of this vital and active parish and our beautiful church building can be signed here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/952/109/835/save-out-lady-of-mount-carmel-parish-and-community/. Our Faith is strong and so is our hope and trust that God, our Father, hears our prayers, through Jesus Christ, to accomplish our goal. We are well organized, working with civil and Canon Lawyers, Engineers and would like to work with our Church leaders if they are willing, however, whether they would be or not, we are determined to muster resources and the support needed to find a solution to Preserve Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and Parish. and now moving forward with a fund raising campaign to accomplish our goal. Will you be a Mount Carmel Angel and show us your support?

Mt Carmel Lady

FURTHER BACKGROUND

We are located in Worcester Massachusetts on Mulbury Street. Our Parish is over 100 years old. For generations we have been the epicenter for Community, Youth, Italian American Culture, and Religious activities. At Our Lady of Mount Carmel you will find well attended masses, and exciting catechism programming, CCD in action, Italian Cultural education programs, Language classes, Book clubs, Senior Clubs and Societies, Art Gallery, and coffee shop. We are an Anchor to the Restaurant District and a gateway to a developing downtown in the second largest city in New England.

Our Church building needs structural work from damages caused by a State Highway that was imposed too close to our building. After many years this expedited the wear and tear upon the building. Our Pastor and Bishop have closed the Church with less than 24 hours notice and they want to merge our parish with another on the other side of our City. We parishioners are dedicated to preserving both the Church and the Parish. Today we are working to save it and restore it to it’s former beauty. Join us as we “FIX THE CHURCH AND SAVE THE PARISH” we have formed a SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL. We sincerely hope you will join us.

A video Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4USRrJhf42Y&feature=youtu.be

May Our Lady of Mount Carmel Bless us ALL +
#PreserveOurLadyOfMountCarmel

Our Mission and Vision as THE MOUNT CARMEL PRESERVATION SOCIETY

MISSION:
MPS Mission and Vision Statement: The Mission of the Mount Carmel Preservation Society (MPS herein) is to FIX the Church and SAVE the PARISH on Mulberry Street. We have two priority goals to save it from demolition and to re-open the Church for Masses, to save our parish family and to continue to celebrate Catholic Masses on the Our Lady of Mount Carmel campus on Mulberry Street, in Worcester, MA. . The MPS expects to accomplish this through concerted parish wide fundraising programs, and to develop, suggest, and implement, if the Diocese is agreeable, a strong business plan that will address Our Lady of Mount Carmel Asset management and encourages an increase of parish member population, and also through educational programming and events that is focused upon preserving the Italian American Traditions, Historical significance, Italian traditions and values.

VISION:
MPS is a well-recognized organization playing an instrumental role in assuring the preservation of Our Lady Mount Carmel Church and Parish on Mulberry and also in maintaining a strong viable parish rooted in our Italian American Historical Heritage and traditions and Italian and Italian American Arts, History and Culture, while embracing a diversity of community participation.

June 2016

Grazie !