To the editor:
The Diocese of Rochester and the Catholic Church claim the lack of priests is the dominant cause of clustering and the need to close churches. But the other side of the problem is the reduction in the numbers of Catholics attending weekly Masses, and the reduction in turn of the weekly contributions.
I would think that the best way to reverse this trend would be to make sure our young people have the best opportunities to attend Mass weekly so that they form the habit of frequent attendance before they leave home. Attending Catholic school or religious educations, in themselves, will not accomplish this. They need to attend Mass regularly.
So why are officials overlooking this important aspect of parish advancement? An example of this is the approval of the diocese to eliminate a popular Sunday mid-morning, family oriented Mass for St. Paul of the Cross and St. Rose parishes. There are about 100 children in the Religious Education Program, which precedes this Mass. Someone is missing the boat big time.
Roger A. Greiten