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Saint Peter’s Lithuanian Parish, South Boston

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St. Peter’s Lithuanian Parish of South Boston ended the Arise Session this spring with an invitation to all Arise members to come together at the parish on Saturday evening May 8th to have a photo session and to share their experiences.  Not everyone could make it, but there was an enthusiastic response from those that did attend.   We had close to 90 participants this year.

During the sharing one parishioner said that attending Arise helped her to feel pride again in her Catholic faith during these difficult times for the Church.  Another said that she has grown closer to the members of her group and feels a strong bond to them when they come to Mass on Sunday.  One person noted that the faith sharing led them to see the need to learn more about their faith.  One of the hosting families mentioned that when the participants came for the faith sharing sessions there was great joy and excitement about getting together.  Another expressed gratitude to our pastor Fr. Steve Zukas for being able to attend many of their sessions despite his busy schedule.  Father’s presence and support was truly appreciated because he visited each group at least once.  As the evening ended, one longtime member of the parish said that she had experienced and seen her parish in a new and hopeful way on this evening. stpetersarisegroup150x150 

At St. Peter's Lithuanian Parish we added two new Arise groups this season.  One was a young adult group and the other was a group of parents of the Confirmation students.  Both new groups could not keep the regular schedule, but found the times they did meet to be truly prayerful and insightful.

Each of our groups came up with social justice actions that they felt they could best address.  Our group of retired women put together a list of all of the homebound of the parish and those in nursing homes and has been in touch with them.  Another group is putting together "care packages" of traditional Lithuanian food that is special to Christmas and Christmas evening.  These baskets of food and the Christmas Eve "wafer" will be delivered to those who cannot get to Church to assure them that they are remembered in our prayers.  Other groups discussed and took action in various local issues where parishioners or friends were in need.  In addition, the entire parish is collecting food for the food pantry at our neighboring parish, St. Vincent's So. Boston.

A number of us enjoyed the Social Justice Convocation and have been more aware of the issues that were raised.  Our pastoral response to the needs around us based on the social teachings of the Catholic Church will continue. Ariselogo

We also ask for your prayers for our parish which was damaged yesterday in a small fire which cause considerable smoke and water damage.  We hope to be able to gather for Christmas Eve and our Christmas Evening "Kucios" meal to which the parish invites those who may not have families locally.  Many new immigrants and elderly parishioners were hoping to attend.