Distasteful Display Response
I am writing this letter in response to the “Distasteful Display” letter disparaging Fr. Ahlmeyer that was printed in the April 13 edition of The Wave. My family and I were at the 11:30 Mass on Easter Sunday as well as the author of said letter, “Name Withheld.“ I am saddened that “Name Withheld” thought it was necessary to send in that letter to the editor. Fr. Ahlmeyer greets everybody at the end of Mass and you could have discussed your opinion with him at that time. If you had such a dialogue perhaps you would have heard his reasoning and understood his position. You could have also called the rectory afterwards and asked to speak to him to air your grievance. All you accomplished by sending in that letter was to tarnish a good man’s reputation. Fr. Ahlmeyer engages the children of our parish in Mass every week during his homily and I’m sure his intention was not to hurt the feelings of the usher’s grandson but perhaps to wrap up a wonderful but long Easter Mass.
I also didn’t find any of his humor during that Mass or any previously to be the least bit distasteful. Generally his wit is self deprecating and his sermons are very enlightening. In the opinion of my family and me, we believe Fr. Rich Ahlmeyer is a true blessing to have at the St. Camillus/St. Virgilius parish. He is a hard working, respectful, holy man that deserves our respect and should not be anonymously blasted in a public venue.