Sunday, June 20, 2010

Saint Lawrence suppressed

A statue of the martyred patron, Saint Lawrence the Deacon of Rome.
On the last day of spring Saint Lawrence village was assimilated into Lennongrad. A small group, slightly less than a score, protested. One parishioner saw Bob Tayek pass in the narthex, and yelled, "Bob, did you bring your baseball." It was a reference to a Los Angeles Times article, in which he was quoted saying that some of the churches were so empty, "you can throw a baseball and not hit anybody." Three people brought baseball mitts in case he wanted to play catch.
That was the first of two church suppressions. It was a Father's Day for mourning, several people had black ribbons pinned to their chests as they attended the Mass of Eviction. Later Lennon took Our Lady of Mount Carmel East. A very tony and pleasant congregation served by a beloved kenyan priest, and supported with outstanding personal effort by the administrator, Mrs. Rose Marie Criniti. Many dinners kept the church operating, and not one penny from the diocese. The diocese never listed this suppression publicly.

Some of the protesters left Saint Lawrence for the weekly vigil at Saint Casimir. At the same time, the first Sunday prayer vigil at St. Patrick, West Park (Cleveland) occurred.
The protesters gasped when they read the plate. They were greatly relieved when the passenger said, "No!, John Lennon".
An ambulance, and a fire truck came. A life long parishioner passed out and collapsed at the final blessing. She was a member of the choir and all in the church heard a thump. Word made it outside, where one of the protesters, who had medic training came to her aid; there also were medical people from within the congregation whom aided. Eventually, after stopping on the wrong street, emergency staff came to the sweet-natured lady. She was in good cheer as she was taken outside. The church has an elevator, it was not employed.

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