There was something question in a post below as to whether VOTF had permission to celebrate an outdoor Mass. I assumed they hadn’t but never received a reply from the Archdiocese. In an article in the Boston Globe it says:
The two-hour, Voice of the Faithful-organized Mass, which was neither authorized nor condemned by archdiocesan officials, was meant, organizers said, to offer a show of strength by parishioners at some of the 82 parishes slated for closure this year by Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley.
Four priests who lead parishes targeted for closure officiated at the Mass, and along a walkway organizers had arrayed small white placards bearing the names of the closing parishes meant to evoke tombstones:
That is the real problem I have with groups like VOTF is that here they basically had a protest Mass With too many of these people in attendance they put their loyalty in the local church and not the Church universal. I can understand how difficult it must be to have a parish close especially if you were baptized there. But these groups (as with all of us) would do much better if they spent their time praying for vocations and learning their faith.
Many worshipers appeared angry at the archdiocese.
"They’re not only closing churches, they’re closing families, because our church is a family," said Michele Cannizzaro, 36, of Charlestown, a parishioner at St. Catherine of Siena Church, also slated to close.
Maureen Bannon, 64, a parishioner at St. Anselm Church in Sudbury, said, "Our hierarchy tells us we are the church, so we want them to hear our voice. No more will we be silent. What they’re doing is wrong, especially to parishes like St. Anselm’s that are strong, vibrant, and financially independent. We weren’t asking them for anything, we were just giving, giving, giving. But will we be heard?"
Unfortunately this seems to be the prevalent attitude among them and they use words like target making it seem like the Archbishop closed parishes because he a grudge against them. They don’t seem to understand the bigger picture of what hast to be done to consolidate parishes to accommodate all of the people in the diocese.
This picture in the article displays the joyful people at this Mass.