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Church more than buildings

To the editor:

“They” closed and sold the grammar school I attended for eight years. “They” closed and sold the Catholic high school I attended for four years. “They” closed and sold the church where I received first Penance, first Eucharist, Confirmation and not only where I was married, but where my mother and father were married.

Sometimes I wonder why I’m still Catholic. Oh yeah, because our God is bigger than a grammar school, a high school, a church. Our God is available to us daily in the Eucharist no matter which building we celebrate Liturgy in. Our God is available to us daily in God’s word, which we are free to read in this country without retribution. Our God is available to us daily in the people of our community when we take the time to establish relationships with them.

No grammar school, no high school, no church building — no worries! My faith is not dependent on any of these things. God still invites me to participate in Liturgy and to feast at His banquet. God still calls me by name and invites me to share God’s word in the Scriptures. God continues to challenge me to be in relationship with my brothers and sisters not only in the comfort of my own parish, but with all my sisters and brothers throughout the world.

For me being Catholic is more.

Susan West


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