Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Committee To Save Immaculate Conception Announces Changes
Monday – July 18: The Committee to Save Immaculate Conception Church met last night at the Wellsville SOI Lodge. Co-Chairman Nunzio Lombardozzi presided. In his report Lombardozzi cautioned that now is the time for being patient, adding that “we planted the field and now we will start reaping the harvest”.
Co-Chairman Ken Biacco announced that new signs are available at $10 each. If 18 more are sold the committee will be eligible for free banners. The bright yellow signs are beginning to pop up all over town. Biacco reported that the signs can be “adopted” and members of the Committee will find a location for them. Biacco also has additional pre-addressed envelopes available for anyone that wants to write to either Youngstown Diocese Bishop George Murry or Arch Bishop Pietro Sambi, the Apostolic Nuncio, in Washington, D.C.
Beverly Hentzell, pictured above, announced her resignation as a Co-Chair of the Committee stating it was due to “personal reasons”. Hentzell has been very actively involved in the efforts to keep the Immaculate Conception Church open as a worship site for the newly merged parish from the beginning. She pledged her continued support for the Committee. Committee member Tom Brophey was selected to replace Hentzell as one of the three Co-Chairmen.
In her final report as a Co-Chair, Hentzell noted a second appeal to the Congregation of Clergy to keep the Wellsville church open at least one hour a week was sent out on July 11. The first appeal was filed before Bishop Murry issued his Decree of Merger. The Congregation of Clergy is located in Vatican City and has the authority to reverse or modify any decisions made by the Diocese officials. Hentzell also noted that the paid adviser sent word that now is the time to keep maximum exposure with letters to the editors of newspapers, etc. No one likes bad press such as the Bishop in Cleveland is getting for being responsible in closing over 50 parishes in the Cleveland diocese and over 60 in the Boston area before that. He is now being investigated by Vatican officials.
Reporting for the Fund Raising Committee, Roxanne Hall announced that tee-shirts are available at $13 each. They need to sell an additonal 25 to place a new order. A $100 gas card will be raffled with the winner to be drawn on August 29, at the meeting. Tickets are $1 each. Meatball hoagies on homemade rolls along with chips and refreshments will be sold for $6.50 Wednesday, August 3 at the Alumni Center. There will be a pancake & sausage breakfast on Saturday, July 30, from 9 to 11 AM, at the SOI Lodge. Finally, Hall reported that a Tag Day will be held later in August. Volunteers are needed for that fund raiser.
Lombardozzi reported that generous donations was received from Bonny & Brassy Beresford, former Wellsville resident Gladys Kazora and a lady from Rhode Island. That lady's father was a former member of the Immaculate Conception Parish.
Happy Birthday wishes were given to a 90 year young Josephine Sgro and cake was shared with all. The next meeting will be held either Monday, July 25 or Tuesday, July 26 at the SOI Lodge at 7 PM. Watch the newspapers.
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