In case you've missed all the other signs the seaport area is changing

MassLive reports on plans to move the tiny Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel from Northern Avenue to space next to the Children's Museum, to make way for Yet Another Mega-Development.

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Love this place

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I like sneaking out on lunch breaks during the summer to sit somewhere quietly for a little while.

Great little place, a bit run down, but the spirit is certainly there.

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hopefully

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Hopefully we can get another overpriced mediocre bar/restaurant in there!

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bulldoze the place

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for years patrons of that church believed in double parking on northern ave, blocking in whomever was there. I had to wait an hour to get my car out because of these assholes. The guy comes out and I ask him why he felt it was okay to block cars in to attend service and i got the 'F**K YOU BUDDY I CAN DO WHAT THE F** I WANT A***HOLE'. Thankfully the next development stopped this BS practice and now this dump will be bulldozed.

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Yes, God forbid

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people one day a week make it hard for people to spend money at Jerry Remy's place.

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Salvatore's

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Has nothing to do with the North End, but your point is valid. Italian food at its finest....gangster movies showing on TV's in the dining room and home of the 15lb pizza. My grandmother would be ecstatic.

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Times MUST be changing

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You picked a fight with a longshoreman over his God given right to be an ass? How are you still alive and able to walk and talk? How is your car not at the bottom of the sea or vandalized beyond recognition?

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Right...

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And I'm sure your initial approach to the guy wasn't in any way hostile or rude.

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Before....

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Way before over priced restaurants, federal court houses, convention centers and contemporary art museums littered the waterfront, Our Lady of Good Voyage served the sailors, fisherman and longshoreman who worked the area. It also served nearby communities' Catholics who missed morning Mass. And for all those years, before thoughtless development, the practice was to double park along northern ave. It didn't matter if they blocked someone in, because that person was probably in the same pew. But here we are now. New people, new buildings, and new industries have taken the place of the blue collar people, jobs and infrastructure, and they expect the old ways to be changed over their own minor inconvenience.

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the old ways

and they expect the old ways to be changed over their own minor inconvenience

The old ways of ignoring the laws? (not that it isn't the new way of ignoring the laws while collecting valet parking $$)

Had they purchased a parking lot in the way back then, they would be in strong shape now.

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Sure, the "old ways". Like

Sure, the "old ways". Like mom and apple pie. Where the locals do whatever the fuck they want and everybody else can go pound sand. Warms the cockles of me heart, it does.

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So, this place actually has a

So, this place actually has a regular congregation? I've always thought it was one of those worker chapels, where people would go for a weekday Mass on a holy day, or, as the first commenter posted, just for some peaceful reflection.

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I remember..

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attending Mass there when we missed the morning Mass at St Williams on Dot Ave, then we would head for the beach. That was also before there was reserved on-street parking in Southie too.

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Wow

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It's amazing you can actually cheer for the bulldozing of a church that served this city for decades, simply for its parking practices. How important are you?.....in your own mind?

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Yuppies don't fish

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unload cargo ships, or go to Church. So therefore the Archdiocese sees it's necessary to close another parish.

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Gullible

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Did you believe Jimmy's Harborside when they said they would reopen once Lincoln Wharf was built? I knew this wasn't true when they auctioned off everything in the joint.
Do you believe the Athanas' when they say they will reopen once Pier 4 is all built out?
Do you believe the Archdiocese when they say the Chapel will be moved down the street? Seems highly unlikely since they have been trying to close down this Parish and St Vinny's for years.

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You read the article, right?

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Land swap, terms of sale, old chapel stays open until the new one is opened, there's all sorts of info there, if you read it.

Those are the facts as laid out. What actually happens is another issue. Since it is not a parish, only a chapel, and the area is growing, my money goes with a chapel being opened next to the Children's Museum by 2020.

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By failing to read the

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By failing to read the article, the poster missed the main point (i.e., that it's moving, not closing) and a lost out on a pretty interesting and detailed story about the church and the surrounding neighborhood. It's the poster's loss and a failed cheap shot about closing parishes.

I occasionally attended mass there years ago when I lived in Southie after college and thought it was a great, quiet spot. Having also attended Our Lady of the Airways at the airport with my family (my dad worked at Logan and we lived nearby), and now going to the Worker's Chapel at Arch Street downtown near my office from time to time, I think these old "worker's chapels" are a great part of the City's Catholic history and the most diverse collections of parishioners in town. Glad this one will stay open. Thanks for posting the article, a good read.

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It's not just an issue of one's profession

Catholics are leaving the Church in droves across the socio-economic spectrum. Some interesting statistics here.

Key quote: "Although nearly one-third (31%) of Americans report that they were raised Catholic, only 22% currently identify that way, a net loss of nine percentage points. Notably, 12% of Americans today are former Catholics."

But you can blame it on the yuppies, if you prefer.

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