Wendelin's parish was episcopally suppressed and endured a Mass of Eviction on 23 May. Lennon is Cleveland's bishop, and a parish member, James Armstrong (aka Chippie), was his diocesan officer of parish dismemberment, until very recently. The last days of the open parish were divisive. A committed group of members wished to have the parish stay open and continue, others fell to lennonist opinion.
Still there are members who continue on with parish life. A grotto shrine of Mary sits to the right of the church on Columbus Road. Its statue has been removed by the auspices of the chancery by their contractor, Henniger's Religious Goods.
Late Thursday afternoon, the 7th of October, several members of the suppressed St. Patrick's of Cleveland, and a few others attended a Mass at the latin rite cathedral, and then went to their home parish to light luminaries in honor of Mary and to ask her intercession to re-open their hostage parishes. Some of the extension letters of appeal, from the Vatican, had been on Marian holidays.
To-day at noon, at the suppressed parish of St. James there was an America Needs Fatima rally. This evening there was a Candlelight Marian Prayer Service at St. Wendelin's. It was for the cause of uniting members of the closed parishes in solidarity. They prayed and sang in front of the grotto. Someone brought a smaller traveling statue as an object of focus in substitution. They began by singing, Christ, Be Our Light.
The faith of some remains constant.
A few can spend their time together in the names of Jesus and Mary to pray for their parishes.
Prayers in candlelight, the faith still glows warm