The Parish Priest's
The Saving Word, 20 June 2004
Reply to Open Letter
I note the points made in your open letter of 10th June, 2004.
Not everyone in the parish agrees with your views on the carpets
and the desirability for an austere church.
I disagree that any changes made to the church including the carpets
are ostentatious in any way. Any changes made to the church have
been to work towards a dignified and spiritual environment in which
all are welcome and find spiritual uplifting. I, personally, and
many others to whom I have spoken find the church, as it is, very
It is not true that the poor, disposed and disempowered are not
comfortable in an environment of simple dignified beauty. They deserve
the best we can provide. I hope to provide this over time.
I challenge the view that the carpet is inconsistent with the past
experience of the parish. I have viewed a video of the church 20
years ago. Certainly the church was is a much more dignified state
then including floor covering under the altar.
I was appointed Parish Priest to care for all people of the area
as well as those who choose to St. Vincent's as their parish. I
cannot neglect the local people and would be highly irresponsible
of me to suggest to them that they should go to some other parish.
The so called "Community" is not the parish and if it
wishes to continue to be part of St Vincent's parish it must co-operate
with me and Fr. Dennis and others of the parish.