To the editor:
It seems that each new edition of the Courier reports more parish church consolidations. Various parish counsels are considering possible selling off churches.
What is responsible for this downturn in Catholic Church membership? Consider the following possibilities: placement of Tabernacle out of view of the gathered congregation is depriving the very church atmosphere of the most profound truth at the heart of our Catholic faith. The disappearance of the time-honored spiritually nourishing traditional devotions, such as, novenas, Benedictions, Forty Hour processions, etc., is affecting a spiritual vacuum. The lack of encouragement of congregational rosary recitation minimizes the importance of our Blessed Mother in people’s faith and prayer life. “Visits” to the Blessed Sacrament is unheard of because worship, adoration, love of Jesus Real Presence is not taught or preached.
The effort to modernize and socialize the Church, with major concentrated focus on “building community”, ironically, is resulting in greatly diminished communities.