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Lady's New Workshop
IMPRESSIVE 5000 SQ FT COMPLEX
IS WITH GREAT JUBILATION that we present to you the new headquarters for
Our Lady’s Mission at Bayside. It was your faith, prayers, gifts and
unwavering support in SMWA that made this “miracle” possible.
God’s favor rests with us, the lay Order of St. Michael, as we continue
our speedy comeback from a monstrous satanic attack that left us with
nothing after being ousted on Christmas Eve ’97 from the workshop we
toiled in for many years.
though, six months later Heaven reclaimed the shop for SMWA when OLR corp.
auctioned it off on June 18, ’98 and we won the bulk bid. All we had to
do then is find a new place for all the machinery, presses and office
equipment we had bought at a bargain price. After what we went through,
this should have been a breeze. Well...
After the closing on
March 2, the lay Order of St. Michael, observing a venerable
custom, transported the Queen over the threshold of Her new
workshop which Father blessed a few days later. Michael (r.),
William Dykes, and James Donohue (l.) are visible.
And so, after a few good guidelines from President Michael Mangan, we set
off. We looked at this building and at that building. Before long we had
seen dozens of places within a 10-20 minute ride of the sacred grounds.
Nothing came close to our specifications.
huddled a few times trying to figure out what to do. By this time, we
determined that owning a building, the Good Lord willing, rather than
renting one was a better option in the long run because it would be more
cost- effective, and not to mention, a valuable asset for the Mission.
following the Veronica of the Cross Anniversary weekend in August, fellow
worker, Peter Frank, told us about a place that he had often walked by
from church that had previously been for sale. It still had the signpost
in the yard but not the for-sale sign. He inquired within, got the owner’s
phone number and a few days later we toured the premises. It struck us all
right away, especially Michael, who said, “This is it. This is Our Lady’s
JUNE 18 CONNECTION
Truly it is a beautiful 5,000 square foot plot with a large three story,
ten-room, brick and wood-framed stucco house built in 1927 with an
attached 2200 square foot factory that was approved by the city in 1930.
Guess what day? You guessed it—June 18! (Heaven was already putting
Their rubber stamp on this purchase.)
compact backyard has a stone well and is dense in vegetation that includes
white and red grape vines, a fig tree (they’re delicious), a peach tree,
roses and various herb bushes. The place is enormous and is being
transformed into a multimedia facility that will service our global
apostolate. It is about ten minutes by car from the holy grounds and just
a short distance away from our community residence.
were told the house originally functioned as a bakery and the factory was
used as a stable. Then during WWII, the property was used as a secured
complex for making aviation parts for the war.
ST MICHAEL VS LUCIFER
But now it will be used in another war, hidden but raging: “The forces
of hell are loosed upon your earth now. They try to stop all missions from
Heaven. It is the final battle of the spirits; the forces of good and evil
now entangle en masse” (Our
Lady, June 4, 1977).
did we know we were entering the battlefield from the first day we set
foot in the place. Clearly, satan didn’t want us to get this property.
real estate broker who showed us the place said it was owned by a person
who lived in Europe. A few days later we found out that it was actually
owned by his son who lived down the street. This example only cracks the
surface of the ferocious battle that would ensue for the next seven months
between Saint Michael and Lucifer for this prized jewel.
"PENANCE, MY CHILDREN"
The price changed more than the Dow Jones and phone calls and beeps were
not returned for days and weeks on end. When they were returned it was
always a new wrinkle or surprise. Things were told us that never
materialized, the seller changed lawyers three times, at times did not
even have a lawyer and was juggling three other buyers behind the scenes.
after day, week after week, month after month, it was this problem or that
example, our application fee to the institution giving us the loan was
bounced by our commercial bank due to their error. It was humiliating and
would have jeopardized the loan if we did not act promptly. Subsequently,
our bank wrote a letter of apology to the lender clearing our good name.
This was a typical aggravation.
can’t even begin to get into all the other problems because it would
require many more pages.
real estate lawyer and mortgage broker were getting more and more
frustrated and exasperated. They couldn’t believe what was going on all
this time. They had never experienced this before. At one point or
another, they separately told us to forget about it, to move on. Everybody
was throwing up their hands in disgust.
was a mess. And it dragged on for so long—the waiting and uncertainty
worker now knew that Satan was trying to sabotage the Divine plan. He was
fighting fiercely, but we kept our course. We didn’t give up or give in.
In our negotiations, we were tough but fair.
two occasions, to end the stalling, we had to fax an ultimatum that the
seller responded to at the last possible minute. We “lost” this deal
three times but somehow got it back. Every time the door would close,
another one would open up.
Good Lord wanted us to have it, but He wasn’t going to hand it to us
Open House, May 23,
After the Sunday Holy Hour for priests, over 100 devotees jammed the
new headquarters to celebrate this gift from Heaven.
A PRESSURE COOKER
By February we discovered the property was deep in foreclosure and that
the court had ordered an auction for March 3 which was definitely not an
option for the seller. He was now forced to quickly close the sale.
the auction in two weeks the owner was desperate and at Michael’s
prodding, began praying the Rosary (probably for the first time in many
With his back to the wall the game was now over, but unfortunately he
created a pressure cooker for us. We didn’t get the signed contract
until one week before the closing. Unbelievable, if you consider, in a
normal sale you receive it three months before.
all this dumped in our lap at the last moment we were now forced to get in
order in a few days a mound of paperwork that you are usually given months
cuts the celebration cake
BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS
Bear in mind that if we did not have all the required documents for the
closing, seven months of blood, sweat, and tears would be in vain. The day
before the closing, the phones and faxes were still buzzing as we finished
up the paper demands.
with the closing day scheduled nobody believed it would happen. In fact,
true to form, the seller and his lawyer arrived 45 minutes late for the
big day, as we all anxiously awaited.
to say, the lay Order of St. Michael was taken to the brink of the
precipice. The test was brutal but the workers hung in there, especially
Michael, who knew deep in his heart that, “Our Lady wants us to have
Alleluia! Alleluia! Finally, on March 2, 1999 (the anniversary of one of
the appearances of Our Lady to Saint Bernadette at Lourdes, France), God
and Our Lady through the intercession of Saint Michael, our patron,
secured us an office and workshop for the Mission of Heaven (and at an
It was truly a miracle that everything in the end came together.
Saint Michael, the Golden Warrior of Heaven had vanquished Lucifer.
Throughout this whole ordeal, we constantly invoked Saint Michael (Our
Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers, Saint Joseph and Veronica of the
Cross, too). Michael led us in two community novenas to this Prince of the
back now brings to mind two Biblical passages and Our Lady’s locution:
“And thou hast patience and hast endured for my name and hast not
fainted” (Apoc. 2.3),
“The devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour (St.
Peter 1, 5.8) and “Only by
struggle will you be successful” (February
Our Lady's devotees
at open house.
have already been pouring in. At our recent open house, Dora Desira
remarked, “If nothing else, this beautiful workshop proves that the
Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus wanted you fellows to lead the Mission.”
on the lighter side, part-time worker, Eileen D’Elia said after seeing
the new workshop, “We used to complain at the other shop to Our Lady
that there were no windows whatsoever, and now look what we have. It’s
THANKS TO YOU
A special thanks to you who prayed and sacrificed and those who helped
with the down payment, some who chipped in with their widow’s mite.
Raising the funds was in itself a huge challenge. It took the material,
for sure, but most especially the spiritual to put to flight the evil one.
We can’t find the words to adequately thank you. With God’s help and
yours, we succeeded.
Dykes is a member of the lay order of St. Michael
and St Michael's World Apostolate