2009-01-30 / Letters

Support St. Camillus Church And School

Dear Editor,

After more than forty years as a parishioner at St. Camillus Church, I was naturally concerned about the recent necessity to reduce the number of church services while pairing the parish with that of St. Virgilius in Broad Channel. But perhaps it is true that "behind every cloud there is a silver lining." When I attended the 11:30 a.m. mass this past Sunday, it was interesting to see both the church and the parking lot packed to capacity. In spite of my inherited tendency (from my mom) to avoid crowds, with the many families and St. Camillus School students in attendance, there was a particularly warm and spirited atmosphere in the jammed church that would ordinarily be moderately attended with a wider selection of masses available. Prior to the entrance procession, Pastor, Rev. Richard J. Ahlemeyer, began by walking down the center aisle from front to back with cheerful and affectionate greetings to various assembled families and youngsters from the school and parish. Many young choir members from the school would add to the joyful atmosphere of the service. As a retired teacher myself, I was struck by the evident air of discipline and respect among the students. It was clearly another reason for us, parish members, to continue financial support of St. Camillus School, which has been mercifully spared the most recent round of Catholic school closings. What better time to resolve continued support than during this, Catholic Schools Week? St. Camillus School is clearly living up to its stated goal of providing "… quality, value-based education that stresses Catholic values in a loving, supportive and disciplined environment …"

DAVID BENTLEY

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