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There are 20 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Mar 5, 2010, titled Bishop: City's 8 parishes to be consolidated into 4 - Sentinel .... In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

FITCHBURG _ The Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, Bishop of Worcester, announced this morning that the city's eight Catholic parishes will be consolidated into four starting on July 1, according to a press release from the Worcester Diocese.

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Gaelic girl

AOL

#1 Mar 5, 2010
How sad, my grandparents who built St. Bernard's, my parents, are all rolling in their graves. What a devastating event .
Bishop McManus shame on you for not respecting your heritage !
America

Boyds, MD

#2 Mar 5, 2010
Sad to see parishes close. Feel bad for the people of St. Bernard's, Sacred Heart and Madonna of the Rosary, and Immaculate Conception. As the saying goes, follow the money.
Heeeethen

Littleton, MA

#3 Mar 5, 2010
Oh well, the General Motors of religion is following the same path. Old 'dinosaur', bureacratic, less and less relevant organization.
Hopey Changey

Bedford, MA

#4 Mar 5, 2010
So very happy that St. Anthony's is surviving.

Since: Jun 08

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#5 Mar 5, 2010
It is a reality of life that the cost associated with maintaining property that is aged will eventually exceed the ability to keep it up. Many of these buildings have enormous costs and fewer people to pay the bills.

The Catholic Church will survive these reductions and so will the parishoners. We will move to other locations and continue our worship and work.
Change is Change

Boston, MA

#6 Mar 5, 2010
Last time I went to St. Anthony's they were standing outside the back.
Are the powers that be aware of this???
Change is Change

Boston, MA

#7 Mar 5, 2010
Hopey Changey wrote:
So very happy that St. Anthony's is surviving.
St.Anthony's is a very active parish, but it is also the smallest building. Sad to see St. Bernards closing but I don't remember ever having to stand in the back of the church.
AAA

Waterford, ME

#8 Mar 5, 2010
It would make more sense to move St. Anthony parish to the much bigger St.Bernards, also when the time comes to sell, St. Anthony's would be more marketable because of it's size. St.bernards would have been the better choice to keep open.
jjj1

Sterling, MA

#9 Mar 5, 2010
Bruce W Marien wrote:
It is a reality of life that the cost associated with maintaining property that is aged will eventually exceed the ability to keep it up. Many of these buildings have enormous costs and fewer people to pay the bills.
The Catholic Church will survive these reductions and so will the parishoners. We will move to other locations and continue our worship and work.
This is exactly how it has to be..........Well said.
Change is Change

Boston, MA

#10 Mar 5, 2010
AAA wrote:
It would make more sense to move St. Anthony parish to the much bigger St.Bernards, also when the time comes to sell, St. Anthony's would be more marketable because of it's size. St.bernards would have been the better choice to keep open.
Your comment makes alot of sense. Not trying to defend on parish, but let's consider how this is going to work.
Change is Change

Boston, MA

#11 Mar 5, 2010
Gaelic girl wrote:
How sad, my grandparents who built St. Bernard's, my parents, are all rolling in their graves. What a devastating event .
Bishop McManus shame on you for not respecting your heritage !
St. Bernards is lucky if they fill 1/4 of the seats.

“Get right with Jesus ”

Since: Mar 10

Freehold ,IA

#12 Mar 5, 2010
I don't really see what the big deal is, I mean its not like Catholics are real Christians Any way.
Really Fitchburg

Fitchburg, MA

#13 Mar 5, 2010
Both St Bernard's and Immaculate Conception are very old buildings and probably monsters when it comes to upkeep. On that basis alone it makes sense to keep St Camillus and St Anthony. The one that is a surprise to me is Madonna of the Holy Rosary. That church is not that old and the parish seems pretty active.

“Get right with Jesus ”

Since: Mar 10

Freehold ,IA

#14 Mar 5, 2010
http://www.landoverbaptist.net/showthread.php...

The fine Christians at Landover Baptist Church seem to think the Catholics belong to some sort of cult.

Since: Mar 09

Leominster, MA

#15 Mar 5, 2010
James Dewitt wrote:
I don't really see what the big deal is, I mean its not like Catholics are real Christians Any way.
You do realize they're the original Christians, right? What exactly do you mean by your comment?
Gaelic girl

AOL

#16 Mar 5, 2010
James Dewitt wrote:
http://www.landoverbaptist.net /showthread.php?t=7490
The fine Christians at Landover Baptist Church seem to think the Catholics belong to some sort of cult.
misnomer : Dewitt = Nitwit
jjj1

Sterling, MA

#17 Mar 5, 2010
Size of the church vs capacity can be offset by additional masses being added to the church that remains open. Although St. Bernards is a beautiful church.....It happens to be attached to a deplorable structure/building in the rear of the church that is a building code nightmare. The amount of money it would take to remove that building from the church to keep the church to todays building code is out of reach for the diocease to bear.
Change is Change

Boston, MA

#18 Mar 5, 2010
Mike from Leominster wrote:
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You do realize they're the original Christians, right? What exactly do you mean by your comment?
Don't fall for these people who like to stir the pot. Fact is many people have grown up, made their sacraments in these churches. It's is sad for all of those churches that will be closing.
AAA

Waterford, ME

#19 Mar 5, 2010
James Dewitt wrote:
http://www.landoverbaptist.net /showthread.php?t=7490
The fine Christians at Landover Baptist Church seem to think the Catholics belong to some sort of cult.
Freaks like Dimwitt are the reason why I don't get involved with organized religion anymore. All I hear is intolarance, judgment, hate, hypocrisy. I'll admit that I have moved away from the Catholic church, but I moved away because of people who think like this James Dimwitt, nothing but hate. You are embarrasment to God.

And I am sad to see St. Bernards closing, I grew up in that church, thats what this article is about

“Get right with Jesus ”

Since: Mar 10

Freehold ,IA

#20 Mar 5, 2010
Mike from Leominster wrote:
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You do realize they're the original Christians, right? What exactly do you mean by your comment?
well Mike, is it OK if I call you Mike?
Catholics seem to be quite enthralled with Mary the birth mother of Jesus. If you have a Bible look up what God has to say on the subject of false worship. Catholics seem to pray a lot to HER and not to Jesus. A True Christian worships Jesus not His mama. You have prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary, statues and pictures of her in your churches. I suggest you leave that cult and get right with Jesus.
http://www.landoverbaptist.net

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