I am a parishioner of The Church of St. Rose of Lima. The spirit of the people here is what brings us together, not only on Sundays, but for many events, too numerous to name, throughout the year. Aside from our worship services we have a great sense of community. You may not know about our Life-Teen program, which is growing with wonderful young people. All teens are welcome. You may not know about the vast amount of food given every week from the food pantry. You may not know about our Confirmation kids going to nursing homes to bring gifts and songs to the elderly. These are just a few of the programs offered by our parish. We are not a wealthy parish but that does not stop us from doing all we are able to help others. What keeps us going is our spirit, the sense that there is more to life than what the secular preaches. If you attend mass at St. Rose you will see a diversity of mankind. Everyone feels welcome at The Church of St. Rose of Lima.
In your holiday issue, dated 12/21/02, there is an article on page 11 regarding the legality of naming abusive priests. Under your banner headline you decided to use a picture of St. Rose of Lima Church. What is your implication here? We all know about the scandal within the church, the word church being collective. For you to single out St. Rose of Lima at this time is degrading. Did you need filler for your holiday edition? Maybe you think that this kind of negativity sells newspapers. If you think this story will divide the parishioners of St. Rose, you are mistaken. Your attacking us will only make us stronger. Your vulgar article cannot pierce through the spirit of the people of St. Rose. As a parish united in prayer, we will stay together and will continue to be whom we are, despite your attempt to slander.