Vigil at Chancery Friday, March 6

Friday, March 6 from noon to 1 p.m. there will be a vigil outside the Roman Catholic Chancery building, 240 E. Onondaga Ave. All are welcome to attend.

The vigil is called to ask the Diocese to expand the current reconfiguration plan of one priest one church to include options for greater involvement of laity permitted by church canons and encouraged by Vatican II as is being done in other dioceses in New York State.

Spiritually vibrant, fiscally solvent parishes should be allowed to continue under the direction of a canonically (the Bishop) appointed lay administrator working in conjunction with a sacramental priest such as they are in the Rochester and Albany Dioceses.

This option would allow parishes who do not have a priest but otherwise are completely functioning to continue. Spiritually vibrant, fiscally solvent parishes are being closed solely because of a decision by the Syracuse Diocese not to allow greater involvement of the laity.

{Q}"The leaders of the Catholic church need to work with lay people to continue to support parishes that are spirit-filled communities and financially solvent,"{Q} said Eileen Gilligan, a member of the St. Andrew the Apostle Church Action Committee.

St. Andrew's was closed Jan. 18, by order of the bishop of Syracuse. Parishioners were told to merge with St. Lucy's parish on near west side despite St. Andrew's being spiritually vibrant, fiscally solvent and known throughout Syracuse for its peace and social justice ministries.

The vigils will be held on an ongoing basis at the Chancery the first Friday of the month from noon until 1 p.m. This will be the third vigil at the Chancery.

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