Alienation may be cause of decline - Catholic Courier

Alienation may be cause of decline

To the editor:

The Church wonders constantly about thinning flocks.

Marion parishioners built St. Gregory’s church, remodeled it extensively, made it handicap accessible with money they raised and donated themselves, and a core group did a lot of the renovations.

St. Gregory’s Church in Marion was closed supposedly for economic reasons. Mysteriously though it has reopened for a Hispanic group in which the Diocese can afford to financially support. There has been no effort on the Diocese’s part to reach out to the former parishioners of St. Gregory’s that I have seen. The outside sign at the church is only in Spanish. However, the Spanish priest did ask the Macedon priest if he could do a Mass in English for the former St.Gregory’s group but was turned down.

People have turned away from the Church because they are not respected but always are asked for money.

The Church should be ashamed of itself and its lack of compassion they have shown to the former parishioners of St. Gregory’s. You may have been inclusive to one group but you have succeeded in alienating another group again. Hope you are proud of yourselves once again Diocese of Rochester but I say shame on all of you "Christians".

Kathleen Goodridge
South Main Street

EDITOR’S NOTE: We are informed that the diocese is leasing the former St. Gregory facility in Marion to operate a Hispanic ministry center to meet a growing and important need in Wayne County. A weekly Mass in Spanish is offered on Sunday, and all are welcome. The resource center is run by the diocese with the cooperation and involvement of the parishes of Wayne County.

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