On March 22, Bishop David Zubik celebrated Mass at Saint Damien of Molokai Parish in Monongahela. At the end of Mass, he informed parishioners of his decision concerning the future of the parish and the reasons for it.
Like so many people, my family has a long history with St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Monongahela – baptisms, weddings and funerals. I spent the first 69 years of my life associated with this parish and had hoped to spend the next 69 years worshipping and socializing there, but it was not to be. I am thankful that we, as a Catholic community, still have a building in Monongahela to participate in Holy Mass.
As we all know, it could have been worse – no parish at all.
True, some think it is a travesty, and still others think they won. However, in the grand scheme of things, there are no winners or losers. Think about it. In Egypt, Coptic Christians are being murdered and their churches burned to the ground. Americans are in prison in Iran and North Korea for possessing Bibles. Catholics in Crimea are being arrested and their property seized. As Father Edward Litavec, of the now-defunct Saint Dominic Parish in Donora, frequently said in his homilies, “If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”
There are people in this country, under the guise of political correctness, who are trying to destroy our Judeo-Christian beliefs and the right to worship freely. We should thank God for allowing us to have a parish under the guidance of Saint Damien of Molokai.
As Christ said in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Not my will, but thy will be done.”
Louis P. Majoris