T Shirts To Help the Mount Carmel Preservation Society SAVE Our Lady OF Mount Carmel Church and Parish

A great way to show your support is to purchase this cool T SHIRT it cost only a $15 donation. Stand tall with us to “Fix the Church and Save the Parish”. Great for your CYC or class filed trips. Have all your students wearing one.

Checks for $15 donation per shirt plus $5 for shipping, payable to MOUNT CARMEL PRESERVATION SOCIETY , 146 Morningside Road, Worcester, MA 01602

Thank you and GOD BLESS

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Mount Carmel Preservation Society

Over 70 members of The Mount Carmel Preservation Society officially formed the foundation for it’s non-profit status last night on June 20, 2016
Meeting JUNE 20_2016

Elected Officers are President Mauro DePasquale, Vice President / Treasurer Carmelita Bello, Secretary Elaine Bafaro
The Elected Officers will be appointment Board members and the Board members will propose By-Laws for the general assembly to approve.

Our Mission: to FIX the Church and SAVE the PARISH on Mulberry Street. We have two priority goals to save it from demolition and to repair and re-open the Church for Masses, to save our parish family on Mulberry Street. To accomplish this through a concerted fundraising programs, a strong business plan that address Our Lady of Mount Carmel Asset management and encourages an increase of parish member population and also t embrace the diversity of the community to participate in our mission.
Our Vision: MCPS and 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.

Mount Carmel Preservation (MPS) is working to preserve Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and Parish. If successful we will soon see masses back in Mulberry Street and our long term viability program will sustain operations and programs there well into the future. It will take $220,000 to make the Church Save and functional, over a 5 year plan cosmetic issues will also be addressed. Its doable and our MPS is determined. We invite the Sons of Italy, the Worcester Knights, the CYC, and other parishioners to join our effort. Contact Mauro DePasquale at mauro@wccatv.com to get involved. Let’s work to Fix our Church and Save our Parish on Mulberry St. +

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

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