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30768Re: Pa Churches

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  • dragansk
    Jan 1, 2011
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      Goes in hand in hand. Less people attending, especially young people. Fewer candidates for the priesthood. In Western PA we've seen Masses decreased continually over the years. Where there used to be Churches with 4 to 5 Masses, now they have one to two, and those are far from having pews filled.

      --- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, LongJohn Wayne <daxthewarrior@...> wrote:
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      > It is the dwindling supply of priests that cause the dwindling congregations.
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      > I agree Vilo.
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      > From: William C. Wormuth <senzus@...>
      > Subject: Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Pa Churches
      > To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
      > Date: Thursday, December 30, 2010, 2:07 PM
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      > The Churches closed here did not have "dwindling Congregations", nor were they in debt.  The Priest shortage caused one priest to serve the 3 churches, saing tree masses on Sunday and one on Saturday.  5 minutes between churches, by car.
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      > The schedule now has cut one mass and caused a "dwindling Congregation".
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      > I discussed the problem with my Pastor in Slovakia, a young priest from Hlohovec.  He asked for some detail of the duties performed by the priest and ours here had Half the duties he has.
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      > Kuty has a population of 4200 people, 3500 professed Catholics.  the priest teaches class in School, 5 days per week plus special classes for First Communion and Confirmation.  There is a daily mass and two on Sunday.
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      > Although there is no shortage of priests in Slovakia, they see this for the future, not because the priests cannot marry but because, like here, the young do not wish to study for so many years, and make little money.
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      > Similarly, the young people are tending not to attend mass. ON Saturday night they go to the  disco and party until 3 or 4 AM, then sleep late on Sunday.
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      > It is sad.
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      > --- On Thu, 12/30/10, LongJohn Wayne <daxthewarrior@...> wrote:
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      > From: LongJohn Wayne <daxthewarrior@...>
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      > Subject: Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Pa Churches
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      > To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
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      > Date: Thursday, December 30, 2010, 10:40 AM
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      > Very few men are willing to become priests.  Same w/ nuns.
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      > The Irish used to fill the void.  Now the Nigerians are filling, but there just aren't enough.
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      > http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2875434
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      > It is not just here.
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      > But I wonder what the church does w/ the artifacts?  Where do they go?  They don't just 'disappear.'
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      > --- On Thu, 12/30/10, dragansk <dragansk@...> wrote:
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      > From: dragansk <dragansk@...>
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      > Subject: [Slovak-World] Re: Pa Churches
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      > To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
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      > Date: Thursday, December 30, 2010, 10:32 AM
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      > Dwindling congregations, shortage of priests. In some areas here in PA -- like Duquesne, PA -- there are pastors running three or four separate parishes or, as they call them now, worship sites.
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      > The absolutely beautiful St. Stephen's Slovak Church in Johnstown was one of a few ethnic churches to survive in the old Cambria City part of town. I showed a friend from Germany this church in August and was dismayed that they had removed all the beautiful Slovak things from the church, like the large inscriptions over the altar and the large Slovak Bible in the altar area. At least this church was not closed or torn down, but I feel badly for the other churches that were closed.
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      > > I apologize if this is a dumb question but what happens to the priests of the closed churches? This seems such a large number of churches to close. Why is this happening?dlb
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