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Try ‘green’ alternative

To the editor:

The new diocesan practice of having all the young people who are to be confirmed come to Sacred Heart Cathedral for their sacrament is not in the spirit of the new movement on the greening of America and stewardship of our resources.

For example, the people of St. Mary’s Church in Canandaigua will be sending perhaps in excess of 10 candidates. Each candidate and his family will be driving an hour each way at a total cost of about $12. This computes to about $120, at a minimum for gasoline alone for the 10 candidates. Multiply this by the other parishes involved. It would be more economical for one bishop to go to one location periodically.

As far as symbolism of the cathedral goes, this new practice is only a few years old. Why this recent change and shift away from the parish communities?

Maybe it is time to rethink this whole cathedral concept. Maybe the bishops ought to go to the parish clusters, pick out the "pro-cathedral" for the day/event, and thereby promote true stewardship and care for our fuel resources.

Raymond Rice

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