Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Does anyone know about the closing of Holy Trinity Slovak ...
- Wow! Sure sounds like your church is doing something right. Up here in the
Panther Valley area of PA. one of the priests has three churches. This is
quite a work load for him. One is a Slovak Church which is doing fine.
At 02:14 AM 2/2/2004 +0000, you wrote:
> From :
>Letters | Article failed to say why closing is unjustified (posted
>In David O'Reilly's Dec. 3 article, "Archdiocese offices picketed:
>Members of Holy Trinity parish in Pottstown marched with signs to
>protest its closing next year," he failed to mention why we feel the
>closing is unjustified.
>Holy Trinity remains a stable and vibrant parish of about 600
>parishioners, which represents a 19 percent growth in the last 15
>months. In contrast, surrounding parishes have lost thousands of
>parishioners in the last five years.
>Closing Holy Trinity would not lessen our pastor's workload. Several
>priests have offered their help with weekend Masses, but he has not
>asked for their assistance. We have even been denied permission to
>sponsor a priest from Slovakia.
>There are many successfully "twinned" parishes in the nation. It is
>the pastor's willingness to collaborate with his parishioners that
>makes for successful twinning relationships.
>We are told there is no need for a Slovak parish in Pottstown.
>Language is only a small part of what constitutes many personal
>parishes today; what's important is the cultural identity we share.
>Since the church's founding, our parishioners have selflessly given
>our time, talents and treasure to maintain our parish spiritually,
>physically and financially. The church is in excellent condition, and
>our treasury contains more than $1 million.
>Holy Trinity, Pottstown
>It looks like they are forming parish clusters (?). Perhaps the
>parish may stay in existence.
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