Near the end of Mass on Sunday at Mary Star of the Sea Chapel, Auxiliary Bishop John Dooher walked from the back of the 54-year-old church in Quincy’s Squantum section and stepped to the lectern to deliver bad news.
In about five minutes, he told the parishioners that they had just heard their last Mass at the church and that the doors would close for good after they left.
Frankly, I had a hard time getting beyond the first sentence.
The Bihop came from the back of the Church near the end of Mass.
On the one hand, the blame for giving parishioners absolutely no notice belongs to the squatters all over town deceiving people with illicit and invalid services, costing millions of dollars that would be better spent funding pensions of priests and lay Catholics working for the Archdiocese.
Sane Catholics in Boston would be delighted if they showed up with padlocks and the police to every building occupied.
But if you are going to do it on a Sunday after Mass, wouldn't you celebrate the Liturgy to give spiritual power and back up to the people who are going to be devastated?
You come from the back of the Church near the end of Mass with the padlocks?
Terry Donilon, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said the church chose this weekend to close the parish because of scheduling issues. He said the archdiocese now has 291 parishes, 66 fewer than in 2004.
“At the end of the day, given folks’ schedules, we felt it better to conclude it now rather than wait any longer,’’ Donilon wrote in an e-mail.
They didn't want squatters.
Why can't they just be honest?