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HUNDREDS GATHER FOR "SAVE OUR RURAL CATHOLIC CHURCH" RALLY IN SEBEWAING

BRYAN TERRY

Fri, 09 Aug 2013 18:39:27 EDT

 


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HUNDREDS OF CATHOLICS FROM OVER THIRTY PARISHES IN THE SAGINAW CATHOLIC DIOCESE GATHERED AT THE HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH IN SEBEWAING TO DISCUSS THE RECENT DECISION TO CONSOLIDATE CHURCHES.   THE CONSOLIDATION COMES AS THERE HAS BEEN A DECLINE IN THE CATHOLIC POPULATION AND A SCARCITY OF PRIESTS TO FILL VOIDS LEFT BY OTHERS LOOKING TO RETIRE.   THE RALLY CALLED "SAVE OUR RURAL CATHOLIC CHURCH" WAS ORGANIZED BY MIKE EISENGRUBER, A MEMBER OF THE HOLY FAMILY CHURCH.   HE TOLD US WHAT MADE HIM THINK TO HOLD THE MEETING...

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EISENGRUBER TOLD US MANY MEMBERS OF RURAL CHURCHES FEEL BLIND-SIDED AND THAT WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT HAS NOT BEEN TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.    HE SAYS MANY OF THESE RURAL CHURCHES ARE IN GOOD SHAPE AND FINANCIALLY SECURE, AND THAT IS WHY MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH CANNOT UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO CONSOLIDATE...

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EISENGRUBER SAYS ALL THE PEOPLE WANT IS A CHANCE TO SHARE IDEAS WITH SAGINAW'S BISHOP AND TO GET SOME MORE FEEDBACK AS TO WHY THERE IS A NEED TO CONSOLIDATE...

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THE BISHOP CISTONE SAYS THE TASK OF CHOOSING WHICH CHURCHES TO PUT AS TEMPORARY AND OCCASIONAL USE, AND WHICH TO MAKE MAIN PARISHES WAS NOT EASY AND CERTAINLY NOT A WANTED TASK, BUT CONCERNS OVER DWINDLING NUMBERS OF CATHOLICS AND PRIESTS FORCED THE PLAN TO MOVE FORWARD...

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THE QUESTIONS THAT NOW REMAIN ARE; WILL THE TALKS BETWEEN MEMBERS OF THE RURAL CHURCHES AND THE BISHOP TAKE PLACE? WILL THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE? AND WILL THE FURTHER DISTANCES BETWEEN CHURCHES ONLY HURT THE NUMBER OF CATHOLICS IN THE REGION MORE?

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PICTURED IN THE ORANGE SHIRT IS MIKE ISENDRUBER, ALSO PICTURED WEARING CLERGIC GARB IS BISHOP CISTONE.


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