It is apparent that closing Assumption Church has nothing to do with the usual reason given for closing a parish--the shortage of priests. Assumption Parish has shared a priest with St. Dominic Parish for 20+ years
and we still have a priest today.
So what is the real reason for closing down this parish?
Yes! I like the idea of using a portion of the church land to be used for expansion of the Assumption school. However, I believe there will come a time when there will be a need to expand both churches or build ONE. ONE large enough to accomadate both churches, in between would be nice.
I want to see the Assumption Church and Parish Saved
Here are some of my reasons. When the church was first built,
Father Poulin, my two oldest sons and I, with the help of an
old tractor, a wagon and a disk, helped to maintain the Church
and School property. My wife and I were married in this
Church, our sons were all baptised, confirmed and celebrated
their first Communion also in this Church. My wife and I are
still fulltime active members of this Church. If any Church
should close it should be St. Doms. The Assumption Church is
the most central in the whole area. If anything the Assumption
Church should be enlarged.
YOURS TRULY Charles J Hebert
Further to Elmer's e-mail regarding the shortage of priests as a reason for closing our parish, two basic questions need to be asked:
What is to be gained by closing Assumption Church?
Would the closing of Assumption Parish and Church free up a priest to serve elsewhere?
Consider these scenarios if Assumption Parish were closed:
1. The pastor at St. Dominic Church could add the parish duties at nearby Canadian Forces Base so that the chaplain there could be posted to another base. >> No. The military has given no indication that it wants St. Paul Diocese to move into its jurisdiction.
2. The St. Dominic pastor could take on the added responsibility of the parish at First Nations, LeGoff, and the Metis parish at Elizabeth Colony in order to release their current pastor to be assigned elsewhere in the diocese. >> Possible, but unlikely, since those parishes plus their missions are a full assignment.
3. Would the closure of Assumption Parish lighten the load of the St. Dominic pastor so that he could offer Mass every second week in Pierceland, SK, 40 km to the east? >> An inter-diocesan agreement would be required, and do they need that help?
4. Released from the Assumption Parish assignment, the St. Dominic pastor could add a Saturday or Sunday evening Mass at Fort Kent or Lac La Biche, in both cases freeing a priest to work elsewhere. >> Possible for Fort Kent; not feasible for Lac La Biche due to distance.
Yet a parish priest will remain resident in the growing city of Cold Lake for quite some time in the future.
So what is to be gained by closing an active, well-attended, centrally-located, very viable parish, which describes Assumption Parish in Cold Lake. Will someone please inform me?
Frank and Rose Koob