News Email - Holy Trinity Parishioner...

News Email - Holy Trinity Parishioners Claim Victory

There are 5 comments on the WGRZ Buffalo story from Feb 26, 2008, titled News Email - 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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M Girardo

Copenhagen, NY

#1 Feb 26, 2008
Hi- How about using some of these churches to restore parishes to the Latin Tridentine Rite. Holy Trinity would do fine and also Sacred Heart Church would be beautiful. Waste not, want not.
Take care. Wish you enough. "Z"
Anne

Wells, ME

#2 Feb 26, 2008
What the parishioners at Holy Trinity either continue to ignore or just don't realize are several things. First - this action does not save the parish at all. All it does is prevent the Diocese of Buffalo from demolishing the buildings and places specific restrictions on how the property can be disposed of (part of canon law also takes care of that). A similar action occurred several years ago in the city of Buffalo when St.Vincent dePaul Parish (corner of Main Street and Eastwood Place) was closed. The parishioners protested and the property was given landmark status. The parish was closed anyway and the property sold by the diocese to Canisius College. It is now the Montante Cultural Arts Center. Second -- the congregation does not own the property, the diocese does. As the head of the diocese, Bishop Kmiec would be within his rights to close the parish and dispose of the property without getting any feedback from the parishioners. He didn't do that, did he? Third, if the parish was so important to people, where was the support every Sunday? Most times, especially at Holy Trinity and at Sacred Heart on Sundays you could literally fire a canon through the place and not hit anybody. Now that both parishes are being closed, people are coming out of the woodwork to protest -- too little, too late! I am a parishioner at one of those parishes and look forward to a new community and a new beginning.
420Sheriff

United States

#3 Feb 27, 2008
how about turning them into a nice restaurant or bar?
anonymous

West Falls, NY

#4 Feb 28, 2008
To Anne: How can can you protest a closing until it is a closing? The results of the vicariate was to keep Holy Trinity open, the great commission in Buffalo was for closing. It was in the Bishops hands, and in the meantime letters were sent to the diocese by the hundreds. There was a remarkable protest at the site of Niag. Catholic when the Bishop went there for the Thanksgiving mass..maybe you read about it? Pouring rain.. all ages, and all one accord that a great injustice had been done. In the meantime, the parishioners at Holy Trinity are really regulars that don't go to other churches because of 5 min. sermons and I have very seldom seen anyone skip out before all the closing stanzas of the final hymn are completely sung..not so in a suburban parish that is perhaps is greater in number, and I wonder how interested they were in worshipping that day.
420Sheriff

United States

#5 Feb 29, 2008
ok how about Youth centers?

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