I am a member of the now closed Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. I was a member of Parish Council for 12 years when the members of the congregation voted on the council. Our names were not drawn out of a box like they are now. I was an altar boy until I graduated from high school. I was an Eucharistic minister and have taught CCD for 28 years, 25 years at Immaculate Conception and the last three at Saint Aloysius.
Last week I called the religious education director, Bob Barto, to find out when the classes were going to start and his words to me were, "You are no longer needed."
When Bishop Murry was in Wellsville on May 28, I told him this would happen because I am a part of the Save Immaculate Conception Church Committee that has filed an appeal with the Vatican to get our church re-opened. The bishop's words to me were, "If this happens let me know and I will look into it." I am letting the bishop know.
We had a member of our Parish Council volunteer for about three years every Monday morning help the secretary count the weekly collection and work in the office if the secretary needed the day off. She, too, is part of the Save Immaculate Conception Church Committee. Well guess what, about five weeks ago she received a call at 7:30 a.m. on a Monday morning telling her that "she was no longer needed."
These words are becoming a favorite saying from the people that are paid at the new parish.
This kind of negativity is hurting the children. I am a certified CCD teacher and have always relayed our religious beliefs to the classes that I have taught over the last 28 years in a Christian, professional manner. I have not lost my faith in God, but I am losing my faith and trust in the people who are supposed to be teaching the word of God.
This is the way that they retaliate against you if you disagree with them.