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Youngsters in Polish costume enter St. Stanislaus Church in this file photo.

The battle to keep St. Stan's open received national attention in this week's issue of Time Magazine. The story, "Postcard: Adams," is featured in the magazine's print and online publications for Jan. 8

Reporter Stefanie Friedhoff interviewed several people leading the vigil at the Adams, Mass., church, including Fran Hajdas and Hank Tomkowicz. She also speaks to Council of Parishes leader Peter Borre, who has been advising the church's members on conducting their vigil and appeal of the closure.

Likening the church's closing to a death in the family, Monsignor John Bonzagni, the Springfield Diocese's director of pastoral planning, told
Friedhoff that "If the parishioners at St. Stan's need to mourn this way, we will do nothing to interfere."

For the Time photo slideshow, click here.


Posted 12:55, Jan. 9, 2009

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Parishes have some options to protest their closings.

Appeal to the bishop within 10 days of a decree of suppres-
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If the answer is still no, the parish then has 10 days to appeal to the Congregation of Clergy in Rome. They could take years to respond and usually back the bishop.

All is not lost. The next step is to appeal to the Apostolic Signatory, the Vatican's "supreme court." It is headed by St. Louis' former Archbishop Raymond Burke, who leans conservative.
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