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Local control ensured legacies

To the editor:

In light of the recent consolidations and the closing of some parishes, we want to reaffirm our support for Bishop Matthew Clark. An earlier letter was sent to him reflecting on our experience in the south-west five-parish amalgamation. As a good shepherd, he cared for his flock by inviting, most encouragingly, our members to meet and discuss and then determine our own choices. Only after this was complete, did he approve our decision. This process was long and arduous but rewarding, drawing us closer, helping us develop clear goals for the years ahead. Our mission statement says it all: "…to live out our baptismal vocation in our daily live, bringing… Christ’s presence to our families, workplaces…the world."

Bishop Clark’s willingness to allow the community to be in control resulted in the transfer of assets to St. Monica, where we were able to use those funds for much needed building renovations as well as for ministry. In many dioceses, the bishop made the choices as to which parishes to close; resulting in the proceeds of the sale of the buildings, etc. reverting to the diocese. Bishop Matthew’s pastoral style allowed the financial legacies of Our Lady of Good Counsel, St. Peter and Paul, Emmanuel Church of the Deaf and St. Augustine to remain with the community now at St. Monica.

We know this monetary treasure is the result of the labor, dedication and generosity of the parishioners who went before us — fore grandmothers and fore grandfathers — whose financial support came during the challenging times for them. We owe them our gratitude.

Again: we thank Bishop Clark most heartily for his leadership and concern for his flock. We promise him our continued prayers and support.

Kathy & Gerry Murty

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