NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. - Over 200 parishioners of Mater Dolorosa Church in Holyoke attended the one year anniversary of the group at Post #452, Chicopee which featured the presentation of an “Outstanding Engineer, 2011-2012” plaque to Neal B. Mitchell, a Northbridge-based structural engineer firm owner.
Mitchell’s three certified engineering reports, and affidavits on the Mater Dolorosa
Church Steeple and building, were key to denial of a court injunction, dismissal of
the Bishop’s law suit against parishioners, and the recent removal of scaffolding
at Mater Dolorosa”, said Attorney Victor M. Anop.
“Fifteen other individuals were awarded certificates for “Meritorious Service”
in the continuing quest to re-open Mater Dolorosa with the highest “Excellence
Citation” conferred upon John Fydenkevez of Chicopee for his work in fundraising,
information and technology, and producing an affidavit with pictures proving that
the external staging placed at Mater Dolorosa was debris free, the building had no
brick, slate or mortar issues, and the staging was placed under, ‘false pretenses’.
There has never been any immediate danger from the building or steeple,”
based upon both engineering probes and reality-based observations,” stated Anop.
“ A formal photo presentation of Mater Dolorosa events and the now famous
“Mater Dolorosa Nimbus” miracle picture taken by Republican photographer
David Molnar, was a focal point displayed by Shirley Anop and her anniversary
decoration and dinner committee,” continued Anop. “The last presentation of the
evening was a riveting video presentation, with music featuring parishioners at
prayer services and events from the beginning of the vigil including Christmas,
Easter, and the removal of the staging June 28th”, said Anop.
“Richard Zawada was cited for implementing ‘Church Watch’ which
guarantees the church is protected against vandalism, removal of sacred
church property, and destruction as required by the Vatican,” said Anop
“The main message from the people was they want Mater Dolorosa re-opened,
they are not being forced to ‘merge’, and they continue going to churches of
their choice as well as attending Mater Dolorosa Friday Night Prayer Services.
The group is unified, and is looking to have services once a week at Mater Dolorosa
with the cooperation of the Bishop until we hear from Rome,” concluded Anop.