2005-02-04 / Columnists

Erin On The Rox

By Erin Baumann

On Wednesday January 26 the Roxbury community gathered to discuss the fate of Saint Genevieve’s church. Parishioners were able to ask questions openly to the representative sent by the Brooklyn/Queens diocese.

Vicar Maloney informed the large crowd that all over the diocese there are churches with dwindling numbers of priests. Less and less are available and must be spread around. This challenge is only going to get harder with a large number of priests nearing retirement age combined with only sixteen men studying in the seminary.

The retirement age for a priest is seventy-five, the age Father Jack is nearing.

Upon hearing the supposed plans to close Saint Genevieve’s Church coupled with the rule that restricts the number of masses a retired priest can say this prompted Father Jack to look elsewhere for a place to be after retirement.

At the meeting it was brought out that it was only a rumor to close Saint Genevieve’s. What remains is how to staff our church.

Monsignor Connelly, pastor of Saint Thomas More in Breezy Point is set to be the one to oversee Saint Genevieve’s when Father Jack retires. But he is nearing retirement as well.

A church committee made up of parishioners has been formed and I will announce more news, as I know it.

Relay of Life 2005 will be on June 18-19 at Beach Channel High School. The annual event will start at 3 pm this year with activities and games till 7pm followed by the opening ceremonies and moving luminary ceremony.

If you want to participate or just want some information about the event you can contact our American Cancer Society representative, Heather Reagan @ 718.263.2225 or heather. Reagan@cancer.org.

It is a really great event and it would be great to see more teams from Roxbury there.

Happy Birthday Wishes to: Jackie Rutter ~ February 12, Janet Neibel ~ February 22, and Natalie Jones ~ February 27.


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