To the editor:
I’m writing this to the readers of Catholic Courier, and to Bishop Clark regarding a decline in attendance. Things can, and do, change for the better with God’s help.
My mother, brother and I left the Catholic Church in 1978, although I continued to attend Catholic School in Buffalo. I married in 1997, and attended a Presbyterian worship site for several years as an adult.
In 2004, my now ex-husband left, and I enrolled my son in St. John Neumann School in Rochester. It has been, and still is, a wonderful experience. Over the past three years, I have returned to the Church, and am making my Confirmation on October 27. My fianc√© is also part of the RCIA process at Peace of Christ Parish, and will enter the Catholic Church fully at Easter Vigil. We hope to marry at St. Ambrose Church in the not too distant future after all form changes and traditions regarding divorce are observed. It looks hopeful for both of us.
Sometimes the future looks dark from some points of view. However, if I can come home to the Catholic Church after 28 years, and my fianc√© can be welcomed in to the Church from a mainly non-religious home, anything is possible. The spirit is, in fact, very much alive.