When news broke that the Archdiocese of New York had released a list of churches scheduled for closure on or before August1, 2015, my mom called me and I headed over to http://www.churchofourladyofpeace-nyc.org/ to see how the parish https://www.facebook.com/OurLadyOfPeaceChurchwas handling this news and to learn what I could do to help as I knew our family would want to lend a hand in any way that we could. I was thrilled to learn that every tool available http://olpchurchnyc.typepad.com/my-blog/was being used https://www.facebook.com/friendsofolp?fref=nf to get the word out ,including a online (and in church) petition http://www.thepetitionsite.com/412/217/546/save-our-lady-of-peace-church-e-62nd-street-new-york-city/?taf_id=12731525&cid=fb_na . Since then, there have been many wonderful events held at Our Lady Of Peace to rally support : A MassMob https://www.facebook.com/NYCMassMob (sign up for their efforts to support churches in NYC :a new round of voting will begin soon)
, a Founders Day celebration, held several years prematurely, to mark the churches 100th year , and
The New York Landmarks Conservancy's Sacred Sites open house weekend.
There is more to come as the parish awaits word from the vatican , we hope for the best while preparing for the worst.
In the words of my grandpa John (pictured in the photograph I am holding -shown about to head off to World War 1 ) "Rome wasn't build in a day", " He who thinks he can can" and "There is nothing to fear but fear itself". I am counting on my grandfathers words being right and I know they are all watching over us all as we work to preserve this wonderful church that so many call home .