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  • Gavin O'Brien 5 months

    This is very sad. We are losing our history. Our forebears made very great sacrifices to establish the early church in this area.We have seen the closure of the Mercy Convent in Cootamundra in recent weeks. Sadly the Church beset by scandal in recent years, seems to have lost its way. Our young ones are leaving as they don’t see the relevance of the Church as a community of faith in their lives. We really must discern what the Lord is asking of us with urgency.

    • Catholic Voice 5 months

      Hi Gavin. It is sad when places close, particularly places we are fond of. With church closures, I guess it comes down to a couple of main factors… patronage and the ability to staff it. The second factor is probably the easiest to fix… if sufficient numbers start attending a Church then the Archdiocese would try to find ways to allocate priests there. But if numbers dwindle below a certain point, given the distances priests often need to travel, it becomes harder to assign a priest, especially as their presence is already in high demand.

      You also make a point about young ones leaving the Church. There is a trend away from Church attendance in many faiths and many areas of the world, and this includes young people. But in our Archdiocese, we are fortunate to have a very strong Youth Ministry program that has been very active and successful in reaching out to young Catholics and helping them find a place in the Church. It’s a work in progress, but the progress has been quite encouraging.