FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 10, 2012
Atty. Victor M. Anop, spokesperson for Mater Dolorosa ChurchParishioners, made the following announcement today:“The loyal Polish-American parishioners of Mater DolorosaChurch have received word that their appeal to keep theirchurch open has merit, and has been accepted by the VaticanSupreme Court for consideration after nearly a year of 24/7 prayer vigil”, said Anop.“The high court issued a decree on May 25,
recentlyreported to parishioners, that says that the parishionersought to leave the church, and while the appeal is pendingthe Bishop of Springfield shall not sell or destroy thechurch,” continued Anop.“A majority of parishioners, said Anop, “voted to honor thedecree, and begin a withdrawal from the church on this Sundayfully expecting and trusting that:
The Bishop will not try to remove the steeple of thechurch or damage it in any way during the appeal.
The Bishop will not remove the altar, statues, paintings, organ, and decorations from Mater Dolorosa.
The Bishop will consider granting weekly services, and prayer access to the church members during the day.”“On June 5, 2012, the City of Holyoke, after a longinvestigation, through its City Solicitor Atty. ElizabethRodriguez Ross directed the Bishop’s contractor, LynnScaffolding to remove the staging structure from the MaterDolorosa Church IMMEDIATELY”, said Anop. “The city cited thedecision of a Hampden Superior Court judge who ruled inOctober, 2011 that the steeple posed no “imminent threat” tothe parishioners inside the church or the public,” stated Anop.“This well-written and researched decision bears out the belief that the scaffolding was erected by the contractorsimply to wrongfully scare the faithful out of the church”,continued Anop. “The Bishop has not yet complied with thelegal order of the City of Holyoke.”“ We fully trust the good intentions of the Vatican SupremeCourt, but we must continue to verify and monitor the MaterDolorosa Church and its inside and outside property watchingfor vandalism and other intentional acts against the churchand the Vatican decree”, said Anop.