2002-04-13 / Letters

Proud St. Rose Parishioner

Proud St. Rose Parishioner

Dear Editor;

After seeing the front page of your paper last week I was outraged. The first thing I saw was a beautiful color photograph of my parish Church, Saint Rose of Lima. Then I saw the article next to it underneath a headline that read "Charged Priest Served St. Rose in 70's". How ironic it is, that for Saint Rose to make the front page of The Wave it takes a story of this caliber pertaining to a member of the parish who has not lived in Rockaway 30 years. I was outraged because I am a Core Group member in Saint Rose of Lima's Life Teen program. I love this Church and all the wonderful things it does for its parishioners. Listening to our pastor's homily on Sunday evening inspired me to write this letter. Why is it that none of the wonderful things Saint Rose does ever make it into the paper. I'm not even asking for the front page. I, along with the other Core Members in Life Teen went down to a Eucharistic Prayer Festival in Maryland at mount Saint Mary's College on Saint Patrick's Day weekend. Our teens had an amazing experience which they shared with us at a mass when we returned to Saint Rose. Why not write about this? Why not even try to find out the good things about St. Rose? However, as soon as something scandalous comes up it is front page news.

The Life Teen program is only one of the several programs Saint Rose has for its parishioners, and only one of the numerous ways Saint Rose reaches out to the community of Rockaway. The Legion of Mary consists of volunteers knocking on doors around the neighborhood inviting people to come back to Church. Why don't these people ever make the headlines? Instead a story about a priest who served here 30 years ago makes the front page and gives everyone the wrong idea about our Parish. What was the point of this article is what I would like to know? I was under the impression newspapers were supposed to be informative and write stories of importance and relevance in today's world. This article, what does it do for anyone? It is old news if news at all. What does it really have to do with Saint Rose? The allegations happened in Massachusetts, not Rockaway. So why is this article the front page story of a Rockaway newspaper? I am a proud parishioner of Saint Rose of Lima and only wish that beautiful picture could accompany an article of some character.

KRISTAN M. KEARNS


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