Come and root for the underdaugas!
The case of Our Lady of Vilnius (Blaudziunas v. Egan) is on the calendar of the New York State Court of Appeals for Tuesday, November 15. Hearings begin at 2:00 PM. CLICK HERE to view calendar.
Court is located at 20 Eagle Street. Check website for driving directions and directions from train station and bus station--very detailed with street maps.
If you are not driving, you can take either the train or the bus. Web feedback says the train is more comfortable and more reliable. It is also more expensive.
Train: check www.amtrak.com. Trip takes about 2 1/2 hours. Cost for trains listed below is $40 each way, with various discounts possible (AAA Adult, $72; senior 62+, $68; check website for others.). Best trains are:
- TO ALBANY: #69 Adirondack. Leaves Penn Station at 8:15am and arrives Albany at 10:45am.
- TO NYC: #68 Adirondack. Leaves Albany at 6pm and arrives Penn Station at 8:40pm.
The train station is across the river in Rennselaer. Buses and taxis are available to get into Albany proper.
Bus: check www.trailwaysny.com. Trip takes about 3 hours. Cost is $42 roundtrip (10% senior discount available). Best buses are:
Albany bus terminal is at 34 Hamilton Street. According to the Court of Appeals website, a 14 minute walk to the Court. Taxis available.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Our Lady of Vilnius Church
570 Broome Street, west of Varick
On Monday, February 26, 2007, the faithful arrived at Our Lady of Vilnius for noon Mass and found the door locked. Joy McAleer, Parish Trustee, stood in front of the church, greeting, consoling and trying to explain. Our Pastor, Father Sawicki, had gone uptown to meet with Cardinal Egan. While he was there, archdiocesan officials came and locked the church.
On Saturday, February 26, 2011 we will gather at 12 Noon outside the church to:
- Celebrate the life and history of the parish
- Call the roll of those who have gone before us: Father Joseph Sestokas, Blessed George Matulaitis, Father Palubinskas, Dalia Bulgaris, Dalia Bulvicius, Aldona Kepelaite, Linda Pakri, Frankie Pretzels, Danute Straut, and Julia Martinho, to name a few. We will say “Present” on their behalf as their names are read.
- Pray for the future of Our Lady of Vilnius Parish: a source and symbol of goodness, peace and strength in a vast city that grows taller, faster and harsher every day.
Please join us.
Yesterday the Appellate Division for the First Department, based in Manhattan, issued an order granting our motion to appeal to the Court of Appeals. This means that the State’s highest Court will have an opportunity to rule on the significant and novel issues pertaining to the proper interpretation of Section 5 of the Religious Corporation Law and whether or not the archdiocese can demolish the Church without the consent of the parishioners.
On June 29, 2010 3 out of 4 judges ruled against Our Lady of Vilnius. The fourth judge, Judge Catterson, wrote an eloquent and considered dissent that distills the essence of our case. CLICK HERE
to read this document.