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Save St. Lucy's

April 19 2009 at 9:29 AM
John C. 
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A beloved correspondent has forwarded this flyer to me and asked that it be posted, and I do so gladly.

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Rudy O'Reilly

Free St Lucy's

April 19 2009, 10:48 AM 

What exactly does the archdiocese plan to do? This ad seems inflammatory.

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John C.

Re: Free St Lucy's

April 19 2009, 11:01 AM 

I agree that more information would be helpful.

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ST. Lucy's

April 19 2009, 4:40 PM 

From what I have heard, the Priest who is retiring, is Italian and the people that are currently in the Parish, would like either a Hispanic or Black. I don't know for sure, but that is what I have been told. There is an Italian Priest who works with the current Monsignor and they would like him to take over after the current Priest leaves. This is just hear say.

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From Msgr Granato

April 19 2009, 10:05 PM 

Parish Announcements

April 13, 2009 - April 19, 2009

A MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR: Dear Parishioners & Friends, I hoped and prayed that the day would never come when I would have to make this announcement. But it has come, so here goes.

I wrote to the Archbishop in early December and respectfully requested that my assignment at St. Lucy’s be renewed for another year. I mentioned that my health was excellent. I even listed the results of my last check-up in October which was excellent.

I have received the Archbishop’s response. He was happy that my health was good. But since I’m going to turn 80 in 2009, the Archbishop will renew me only until this coming June. At which time he expects me to retire and resign the parish. I do not know the exact date yet, but I will keep you informed. I have no idea who the new Pastor will be. I implore you not to take any action. This letter had a tone of no if’s, and’s or but’s about it. So please do not try anything.

I know full well that it was you and you alone who bought me three extra years. So we don’t want to start a mess now. I am most grateful to you for 54 years of a most fruitful, happy and productive priestly life at St. Lucy’s. I would not change it for the world. For some I’ve been a son, for some I’ve been a brother or an uncle, for some I’ve been a father. But for all of you, I hope in spite of my faults, feelings and sins, I have been a worthy parish priest, confidante and friend.

-Fr. Joe

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Laura D

Newark Star-Ledger Bob Braun weights in..

April 20 2009, 9:13 AM 

In today's paper there is a column regarding the StLucy debate. I don't remember the First Ward at all - only that most of our Italian neighbors on Second St always went to St. Lucy - and the statue of St.Gerard came down our block every year.


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John C.

Re: Newark Star-Ledger Bob Braun weights in..

April 20 2009, 10:04 AM 

After reading the article, I get the impression all is well, except for the naming of a new pastor. From the article:

Within days, Genevrino [a protest leader] announced the archdiocese offered Granato assurances he could continue to live in the parish rectory -- the alternative was a home for retired priests -- and that his replacement would respect the church's traditions.

Archbishop John Myers called Granato, Genevrino says, and told him the church's traditions were "devotions he shared and would not want to see changed."

Jim Goodness, an archdiocese spokesman, confirmed Granato would stay as pastor emeritus.

So if the protest continues, it seems to me it's all about getting another Italian pastor. Too bad they wouldn't prefer an Irishman. Remember how much fun we had with Monsignor Carney?

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butch dilella

Re: Newark Star-Ledger Bob Braun weights in..

April 20 2009, 2:36 PM 

As a life long member of the parish i can tell you all it wasnt the fact that they made him retire he's been there since 1955 he came the year i graduted St Lucys he married my sister christened my 3 kids and with the help of fr joe native they saved the church from being ruined like the rest of newark i hope you will all take a sunday go to 11:00 mass hear a mens chior thats been singing there since the 50's most are old guys now me included i recently lost my mom father gee gave a homely that was very personal i dont think theres another priest in newark that is as personal with his people as fr gee is he's been my confessor ,friend ,father ,priest n has been my personal mentor most of my life he's been treated pretty bad by the powers that be GOD BLESS MONG. GRANATO AND GOD BLESS ST.LUCYS

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The saga continues

June 3 2009, 11:24 PM 

http://blog.nj.com/njv_bob_braun/2009/06/popular_newark_priests_retirem.html Read it.
ROBERT BRAUN IN STAR LEDGER: protests, death threats and politcal intervnetion. SAINT LUCY'S.

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John C.

Re: The saga continues

June 4 2009, 12:57 AM 

Sounds like some "parishioners" made the would-be new pastor an offer he couldn't refuse.

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Full page ad in today's Star-ledger page 25.

June 21 2009, 9:48 AM 

There will be a vigil in front of the church from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm NEXT SUNDAY. Then there is a scheduled march up 7th avenue to the Cathedral. The letter is signed by Joseph N. Divencenzo, Jr. Essex County Executive and was paid for by JOSEPH N. DIVENCENZO,JR. FOR ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE, INC.
He wants a meeting with the Archbishop to discuss Father Granato being allowed to remain in the rectory.

Father Granato supporters are invited to attend the vigil and the march. According to the letter, the Archbishop has refused to return phone calls since June 3rd to discuss a meeting.

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Dan L.

His Excellency

June 21 2009, 12:32 PM 

The archbishop's reign is that of a monarch. Typically his decision is final and cannot be appealed. Unless there are violations of Canon Law (or violations of the pastor's manual) an effort like this is often useless.

If the archbishop were to give in now, he'll have to 'give in' with every future unpopular decision he or his staff makes.

The County Executive can only try...you never know!

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The march up 7th Avenue.

June 21 2009, 4:46 PM 

Wouldn't it be great if the legendary ST. LUCY'S CADETS could reassemble from all over the country and lead the march up 7th Avenue? Msgr Granato did so much for the corps. Also great if some of our local celebrities like Joe Pesce and Frankie Valli could lend their support. I taught with Joe D;s sister Marie at two different schools 30 years apart. What a great family.!

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June 21 2009, 5:54 PM 

A lot of distorted information is being passed around. Monsignor Joseph Granato has been a priest at St. Lucy's for 54 years now. He kept a poor parish alive and well (against all odds) through the failure of urban renewal, the riots in the 60s and numerous other trials that, in the hands of a lesser man, would have left our community to wither and die. He is a good man...a kind man...a holy man...a humble man...an honorable man...the likes of which are rarely seen in this day and age.

In the last 112 years, St. Lucy's has had only three pastors (the latest of whom is Monsignor Granato), each of whom trained for the position by assisting his predecessor. Archbishop John Myers has not seen fit to use this tried and true method to train Monsignor's replacement. Indeed, throughout all this, the Archbishop has refused to even sit down with the man he is about to evict from the only church Monsignor has ever belonged to, much the less tap into his years of wisdom and experience.

St. Lucy's is a successful, well-integrated, self-supporting city parish, yet another way in which it departs from the norm. At a time when Catholics are leaving the church in large numbers, the parishioners of St. Lucy's remain fiercely loyal to the parish that is our spiritual home, traveling from far and wide to attend the 53 masses scheduled each week, in English, Italian, Latin and Spanish, sitting in the very same pew our grandparents and great-grandparents sat in decades ago.

All we have ever asked is that Monsignor's replacement be someone who understands and respects the longtime traditions of our parish, the very reasons why we all choose to be at St. Lucy's and why St. Lucy's is a thriving community today. In recent weeks, however, we have even stopped focusing on that. Our primary goal now is to keep the Archbishop Myers from going back on his word. He told Monsignor that if he retired, Monsignor would be allowed to live out his days as did his predecessors, in the rectory that has been his home for more than half a century. Monsignor took him at his word. Now the Archbishop intends to renege on his promise and summarily evict our quiet and unassuming pastor, without cause or justification.

On Sunday, June 28th, we will gather on St. Gerard's Plaza in front of St. Lucy's Church at 10:30 AM. We will then process up 7th Avenue to Clifton Avenue to Sacred Heart Cathedral, where we will be until 1:00 PM, joining in prayer that the Archbishop reconsiders his misguided plans.

Although the archdiocese prefers to put its own spin on all this, what it comes down to is very simple...What is the RIGHT thing to do? What is the Catholic thing to do? What would Jesus do? Stand by His word or 'reward' 54 YEARS OF GOD'S WORK with a shove out the door?

The Friends of St. Lucy's

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Bob Davis, Jr.

Re: The march up 7th Avenue.

June 21 2009, 6:05 PM 

Frank, You can count me in! I've been practicing for a long time now. St. Lucy's does have an alumni corp! I'm sure they will support the Monsignor. If not, I will try to make it anyway.
John McCree, call me, I lost your number. Very Important!

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Bob D

Re: The march up 7th Avenue.

June 21 2009, 6:32 PM 

Very well put, Rosanna. That was as clear as anyone could be! Although I was a member of St. Rose of Lima in Newark from 1959 to 1969, and attended the school from Kindergarten thru graduation from the 8th grade in 1968, I also spent 2 years as a member of St. Lucy's Cadets.
Those two years had a significant effect on my life. I could have chosen a different path in life and wound up dead like several of my friends, instead I am where I am now, alive and well. Part of the credit goes to Father Nativo and Monsignor Granato. The rest goes to my parents and my 8th grade teacher Sr. Rita Damien.
In recent years the Catholic church has been a major disappointment. This situation doesn't surprise me at all. Hopefully the Archbishop will wake up. Not likely though. BD

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butch dilella

Re: The march up 7th Avenue.

June 22 2009, 1:27 PM 

The StLucy's mens chior has been together for over 50 years now thanks to mong n father Nativo we also grew as men, catholics ,and loyal sons of StLucys .The idea of StLucy's without mong.G ee is unthinkable after 54 years of living there what a crime it would be for jjmeyers to trow him out lets all pray it never comes to that i wont be there on june 28 but my heart n prayers will be I wish every guy or gal that ever marched for Lucy's would show up liked they did in the 69 american legion championships

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Steve Adubato jr. supports Msgr. Granato

June 22 2009, 4:58 PM 

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Re: The march up 7th Avenue.

June 23 2009, 11:20 PM 

Bobby (2nd Soprano). I just saw the Bat Signal over Long Island. I'll reach out soon. I might have to borrow a 'shako' for Sunday's march. I must've misplaced mine.

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Save St. Lucys has a web site for information.

June 24 2009, 6:22 AM 


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