Holy Trinity Parishioners Claim Victory

Holy Trinity Parishioners Claim Victory

There are 30 comments on the WGRZ Buffalo story from Feb 25, 2008, titled Holy Trinity Parishioners Claim Victory. In it, WGRZ Buffalo reports that:

By unanimous vote Monday night, the Niagara Falls City Council granted Local Landmark Status to the Holy Trinity Church campus on East Falls Street.

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Dunkirk, NY

#1 Feb 25, 2008
I am very happy to hear some good news about the church being designated as a local Landmark status. Way to go!!!!
The Dunkirk Connection

Redford, MI

#2 Feb 25, 2008
Good for you, Holy Trinity. Way to go!!! You've won this battle, now go out and win the war!

Solidarnosc!
Mike

Rochester, NY

#3 Feb 25, 2008
OK - Good. But you know what - let's look at the bigger global picture here versus certain sections of the Falls. Let's call a spade a spade. Here we had a neighborhood within earshot of the Falls. East Falls street was NEVER kept up in the 35 years I've known it. Pine ave ( 62a) was. Politicians and their interests left this section of the city to die. When was Niagara street going right to the Falls last paved ?
This is what the failed policies of the govt of Niagara Falls has to show. And you know what - alot of the world knows because THEY SEE IT !!!

“....VETS”

Since: Jan 08

WELCOME HOME

#4 Feb 26, 2008
what a waste
Bob_O

Buffalo, NY

#5 Feb 26, 2008
What about St. Rita's/ Patricks?
LatinMassCatholi c

East Amherst, NY

#6 Feb 26, 2008
Good for Holy Trinity; perhaps it can be a holy parish once again!

There is a way to save at least one, which could lead to the saving of others: the Bishop has been approached to turn one parish over to be used by traditional Catholics as a, "personal parish" -

(SEE: French traditionalists request personal parish in Paris
Catholic World News Headlines - February 20, 2008 - 3:04pm)

that does NOT mean it is just for one group; it means that it could be used as a Catholic Parish Church for worship as well as a center for teaching the Traditional Latin Mass and Sacraments which would assist the instruction of both priests learning the old rite as well as the laity. It would be for ALL CATHOLICS and would be aimed at being a fully functioning parish to Glorify God and take the faith out to others, IOW: EVANGELIZE!

In charity; why does The Bishop refuse this??? A beautiful, reverent and holy Mass and sacraments, to be offered for all Catholics who desire it. It would be at least one church and parish that would be saved to serve Catholics and be a useful vehicle to spread the faith. People would have a choice, and even Pope Benedict ruled Bishops were to be generous and no permission was needed to offer The Traditional Mass to those Catholics who desire it. It is one way.
take care of it

AOL

#7 Feb 26, 2008
Now you got it take CARE of it.Wait until you get your first heating bill.Dont let the builging go down hill.
Anonymous

Venus, PA

#8 Feb 26, 2008
The Dunkirk Connection wrote:
Good for you, Holy Trinity. Way to go!!! You've won this battle, now go out and win the war!
Solidarnosc!
Thanks, Dunkirk. One battle down, a few more to go. But we will persevere and win -- Solidarnosc!
Anonymous

Venus, PA

#9 Feb 26, 2008
LatinMassCatholic wrote:
Good for Holy Trinity; perhaps it can be a holy parish once again!
There is a way to save at least one, which could lead to the saving of others: the Bishop has been approached to turn one parish over to be used by traditional Catholics as a, "personal parish" -
(SEE: French traditionalists request personal parish in Paris
Catholic World News Headlines - February 20, 2008 - 3:04pm)
that does NOT mean it is just for one group; it means that it could be used as a Catholic Parish Church for worship as well as a center for teaching the Traditional Latin Mass and Sacraments which would assist the instruction of both priests learning the old rite as well as the laity. It would be for ALL CATHOLICS and would be aimed at being a fully functioning parish to Glorify God and take the faith out to others, IOW: EVANGELIZE!
In charity; why does The Bishop refuse this??? A beautiful, reverent and holy Mass and sacraments, to be offered for all Catholics who desire it. It would be at least one church and parish that would be saved to serve Catholics and be a useful vehicle to spread the faith. People would have a choice, and even Pope Benedict ruled Bishops were to be generous and no permission was needed to offer The Traditional Mass to those Catholics who desire it. It is one way.
Good idea -- have you approached the Bishop about this? This needs to be taken further than this blog. Write a letter or call the chancery (if you can get through). A new approach needs to be taken to make sure Holy Trinity stays a viable, strong parish serving the community of Niagara Falls and beyond.
Anonymous

Venus, PA

#10 Feb 26, 2008
Congratulations to Holy Trinity. Now you need to win this battle -- keep Holy Trinity an open, vibrant place of worship for the good people of Niagara Falls. You've come this far - take it all the way to the finish line. Good luck. Solidarnosc!
Anonymous

Venus, PA

#11 Feb 26, 2008
Anonymous wrote:
Congratulations to Holy Trinity. Now you need to win this battle -- keep Holy Trinity an open, vibrant place of worship for the good people of Niagara Falls. You've come this far - take it all the way to the finish line. Good luck. Solidarnosc!
You've saved the buildings, now save the "parish". Keep the fight going. This was step one; now take it to the next level -- and then all the way to the top! Solidarnosc!
Anonymous

Venus, PA

#12 Feb 26, 2008
Anonymous wrote:
<quoted text>
Good idea -- have you approached the Bishop about this? This needs to be taken further than this blog. Write a letter or call the chancery (if you can get through). A new approach needs to be taken to make sure Holy Trinity stays a viable, strong parish serving the community of Niagara Falls and beyond.
This proposal needs to brought to the attention of the Bishop. Don't stop at this blog. You will get nowhere here. Talk to the people in charge, talk to the new pastor, talk -- communicate, communicate - that is the key. As the old saying goes - "the squeaky wheel gets the oil."
Anonymous

Venus, PA

#13 Feb 26, 2008
Anonymous wrote:
<quoted text>
You've saved the buildings, now save the "parish". Keep the fight going. This was step one; now take it to the next level -- and then all the way to the top! Solidarnosc!
We need to keep the church OPEN as a parish. We saved the beautiful, historical buildings. The historical landmark designation was an absolute necessity to save the buildings from the wrecking ball. Now we need to save the people from destruction. We cannot lose the congregation. These doors must stay open so the people will continue to support and upkeep these buildings. If they close the doors, who will support these buildings? Keep the doors open, evangelize, bring more people into the parish and yes, we will have a success story in the diocese. Give these people a chance. Let them prove what they can accomplish. You might be surprised.
GAMonymous

United States

#14 Feb 26, 2008
The Dunkirk Connection wrote:
Good for you, Holy Trinity. Way to go!!! You've won this battle, now go out and win the war!
Solidarnosc!
My God, Gammy! You're everywhere.

Let's all watch you pat yourself on the back some more...
CHrky20

AOL

#16 Feb 26, 2008
Bob wrote:
Close the dump.Who needs it.It's a breeding place for pedophiles.
Yes Bob and everyone's been asking for you!
CMS

United States

#17 Feb 26, 2008
Bob wrote:
Close the dump.Who needs it.It's a breeding place for pedophiles.
Holy Trinity in one of the nicest churches out there. You don't know what a dump is. We will fight to save our parish. Mabey you have pedophiles where you go but we don't at Holy Trinity. Let's keep up the good work in saving our church.
Anonymous

Niagara Falls, NY

#18 Feb 26, 2008
I think it would be a nice casino or a restaurant. The school and houses could serve as hotel accomodations.
AFC

North Fort Myers, FL

#19 Feb 26, 2008
Congratulations to the parishioners of Holy Trinity for all their efforts. I have heard about all the hard work that went into this effort and the hurdles placed before them (apparently by the clergy). The intended closure was part of a consolidation of churches. Holy Trinity is probably the most beautiful of the ones destined for consolidation. The decision to close Trinity had to be strongly influenced by the acting pastor who demonstrated a strong dislike for the church and its congregation. There is absolutely no comparison historically, esthetically, or architecturally between Holy Trinity and the church he chose to keep open.

I agree with other posters comments that Niagara Falls has declined. It all started in the late 60s with the city father’s urban renewal campaign when they demolished the downtown business area. But that is no reason to condemn Holy Trinity Church! I grew up in Holy Trinity parish in the 40s and 50s. Since then I have visited on occasion. But now, I live in Florida and trips back to the Falls are rare.

Once again, congratulations to the hard work of everyone involved and the City Council for making a sensible move.
faborm

Lewiston, ME

#20 Feb 26, 2008
The Dunkirk Connection wrote:
Good for you, Holy Trinity. Way to go!!! You've won this battle, now go out and win the war!
Solidarnosc!
You people miss the whole point! WIN THE WAR? What war? People have moved out of Niagara Falls. You cannot maintain the same number of parishes today as you did in the fifties with over 100,000 people in the city. Wake Up!!!!! You have a building-hooray!
Vee

Venus, PA

#22 Feb 26, 2008
AFC wrote:
Congratulations to the parishioners of Holy Trinity for all their efforts. I have heard about all the hard work that went into this effort and the hurdles placed before them (apparently by the clergy). The intended closure was part of a consolidation of churches. Holy Trinity is probably the most beautiful of the ones destined for consolidation. The decision to close Trinity had to be strongly influenced by the acting pastor who demonstrated a strong dislike for the church and its congregation. There is absolutely no comparison historically, esthetically, or architecturally between Holy Trinity and the church he chose to keep open.
I agree with other posters comments that Niagara Falls has declined. It all started in the late 60s with the city father’s urban renewal campaign when they demolished the downtown business area. But that is no reason to condemn Holy Trinity Church! I grew up in Holy Trinity parish in the 40s and 50s. Since then I have visited on occasion. But now, I live in Florida and trips back to the Falls are rare.
Once again, congratulations to the hard work of everyone involved and the City Council for making a sensible move.
The pastor of Holy Trinity these past few years did not seem to be happy in his assignment at Holy Trinity/St Stans. At the beginning of the Journey of Faith and Grace, he vowed neutrality because once the mergers started, he would be at neither church no matter what the outcome. His lack of support for either parish in this merger process did not help. All it showed the diocese was that neither parish was worthy of remaining open.

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