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Taken from The Boston Herald

The devoted vigil to save the shuttered Our Lady of Mount Carmel in East Boston reaches back generations to Italy itself.

Parishioner Gina Scalicione said when she told an old Italian neighbor that she was immigrating to Eastie, he urged her to visit the church. “He told me ‘All that mortar that keeps those bricks and stone together I carried on a ladder,’ ” she said.

If the Vatican goes along with the Archdiocese of Boston and allows the church to be sold, this beloved house of worship built in 1905 could be dust.

The Herald spent weeks at outdoor prayer services and in the homes of Mount Carmel parishioners as part of a three-part video series on Catholics fighting desperately to save their churches.

“The heroes of this story are the Catholics of East Boston,” said Peter Borre of the Council of Parishes in Boston. Yet, it may not help.

The Vatican Supreme Court is set to make a final ruling on the future of the church within months.

-— robert.greim@bostonherald.com
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Lisa is an East Boston resident who works in the area of media and public relations. She is President of Italia Unita Inc. of Massachusetts, a non-profit organization that promotes Italian culture and heritage. Lisa worked and volunteered in the areas of public relations, community development, film, politics, and radio. Through Italia Unita, Lisa initiated the grass roots effort to have Comcast Cable add RAI television, which is now available as a premium channel. Lisa is the president of Boston Concepts, a full service marketing and public relations agency.