Friday, January 17, 2003

An observer of Catholic churches in the Orlando diocese writes in regard to our discussion on priests and lay ministers:

Holy Name of Jesus, Indialantic, isn't much better off. The pastor is 71, has an associate and has topped 12K. Six masses every weekend, SRO in a building built for 1200 just five years ago that was thought to last for ten-twenty years. Ascension in Melbourne is roughly the same size and has one. Our Saviour in Cocoa Beach is a bit smaller, has only one -- he's

the guy that was attacked last year and beaten by a mentally disturbed man.He's recovering but has some permanent damage due to head injuries. There was no one to come in and take his place or give him relief. He came back to work ASAP, and recovered on the job.

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