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A timely heads-up for local Catholics

December 1, 2013

“Keep watch because you do not know the day or the hour.” (Matthew 25:13). This biblical caveat refers to the second coming of Jesus Christ or judgment day....

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Dec-07-13 12:05 AM

so which is Parks last name Parks (or Polish deritive). Always reminds me of children with nicknames and you never grow up to accept your given name. Phil, Phil, Phil it was said clearly government mergers and the BS you espouse on business is only a delay of the inevitable. Our IDA does such and outstanding job of brining industry and manufacturing here we are a flurry of employment. Look to see the salary of the IDA Executive Director; let me ask the question does it bely the success we have here for employment. This county is so poor because of s series of structures that prevent us from moving forward, identify them remove them and county-wide decide to move this county to fuller employment, family sustaining jobs and it will happen but only a few have this available. We have decided to keep this place as it is otherwise it would be better.

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Dec-03-13 5:29 PM

An easy fix for the problem. I'll stick with Mark:41-44. This is the way my entire family gave. Catholic families were much larger then and poorer. Now they are smaller, but well-educated and making money. If everyone would match what they happily give to the cable company no church of any religion would be in trouble. We cannot continue to be nonchalant about attending church. Look at the trouble our nation is in.

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Dec-03-13 9:32 AM

It needs to be said that there is no need for Dunkirk to be on the decline. We are located in the heart of the heavily populated northeast with a proximity to major markets including Canada. The city has a natural harbor and an endless supply of fresh water. There is a neighborhood school system - our kids don't have to ride a bus to school. Transportation facilities include an interstate highway and rail access. Two fine colleges provide excellent educational facilities. There is an availability of low cost housing - where else can you buy a four bedroom home with a two car garage for $50,000.00? There are many reasons why Dunkirk can and should be flourishing and only one reason why it can't grow and prosper. That reason is excessive government and the related tax burden. We ashould not be closing churches, we should be building new ones but our leadershiop is failing us.

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Dec-02-13 10:27 AM

Phil, mergers will only prove to be a delay to the continuing decline. It will provide some relief for the taxpayer...Maybe. Governments seem to keep spending despite conditions. Unfortunatly the churches must close because of declining membership..sad but financial and parish members will be the determing factors. There will always be a Dunkirk and far Western NY. The level of population and opportunities will be much, much lower than today.

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Dec-01-13 11:11 AM

Must be nice to comment using rose colored glasses. You certainly can't read a parish financial statement, or look at deteriorating buildings etc. Or 45 deaths vs 7 baptisms each year. Or the Seminary Class of 1969 reaching retirement age or becoming sick. On any level, there was no reason to keep all churchs open, at best they are half full on Sunday. It is amazing to me, that the last parish closed here in 1975, given the population loss and aging population of the area. I have been a member of this parish for 5 decades and I have lived through the deterioration of the area. I think you better start getting a dose of reality and pray for a miracle because that is the only way the parish can meet all its obligations and pay for the repairs on buildings that have not be touched in decades.

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Dec-01-13 10:31 AM

Dunkirk and Fredonia don't need six churches anymore. 40 years ago they did. Not anymore. In addition to the population loss, those that are still here don't attend Sunday mass anymore. St Joe's should have closed, St Hedwigs should have closed. It's unfortunate but a reality of the times. It happened in the 70's and the people of Sacred Heart survived. A church is more than just a building!!

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Dec-01-13 9:13 AM

When a community is closing churches, schools and hospitals it is important to identify the source of the problem. The source of our problem is a hostile business environment and excessive taxation. The result is stagnation, deterioration and loss of population. Other areas of the country are flourishing and building new churches, schools and hospitals and it's because they are able to attract private sector investment in new business and residential development. So, who is to blame? I blame the residents of this area and it's pathetic leadership because they refuse to address the cancer that is killing the local economy. Excessive government and excessive taxes are at the very root of the problem. Mergers and consolidations are THE ONLY REMEDY! Is there anyone out there who doesn't understand this? Is there anyone out there who is willing to do something about it?

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