Glory to Jesus Christ!
I received your letter in regards to the future of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. As a life-long parishioner, the suggestion that is described is of great concern and is not to be taken lightly. I am sure you understand. If I may, I have a few questions regarding this suggestion.
In September 2020, you announced at Liturgy that there would be a meeting that would be open to members of the 3 parishes. You indicated that if members could not make the meeting because of the pandemic or for other reasons, not to worry as the parishioners would be kept informed. Can I ask exactly how the parishioners were kept informed of the events that occurred at that and future council meetings?
Your letter states that representatives from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Holy Spirit and St. Mary’s have been meeting for 3 years. Is this in error? Did you mean to say “3 months” ? If not, may I ask who were representatives that have been meeting for 3 years from the Cathedral that you refer to?
As you are aware, multiple plans that would sustain the Cathedral were proposed. However, it was not noted that these were reviewed or taken into consideration. Why so?
Finally, can you share the documents listed in the letter that the small councils from each church reviewed and based their suggestions on? Specifically, the financial history, results of surveys, market value and data that supports the opportunities for growth within the communities? I am sure that there would be many members of the parish who would also like to review this information.
I understand that these are challenging times. I believe these are fair and legitimate questions and worthy of additional discussions.
I thank you for your time in this matter. I wish the best of health to you and your family.
Alan P. Jacubenta