Letter: Adjusting to Change at Church

To the Editor:

This letter is in response to Kelli Pippin’s May 11 letter, “Why I Left St. Anthony’s.”

St. Anthony’s, St. Francis of Assisi in Windsor and Our Lady of the Snows in Woodstock have merged to form one parish under the direction of two priests. The two priests must rush from one parish to the other to say Mass during all the seasons. Winter is not easy.

Some of the changes are difficult to accept, but I feel that each member of the parish, as a member of the community, has received a challenge not only to go through the changes but to grow in community and become stronger by working together — laity and clergy. All of this is occurring due to the shortage of priests.

One of the most important things we must do is communicate. Even the government has difficulty with that.

Remember: The family that prays together stays together.

Pope John XXIII led Vatican II and the changes in the church. Remember when everything was in Latin? It’s good to have each country use its own language.

I’m sure other changes to the entire church are ahead.

By the way, I used to direct a children’s choir with guitar accompaniment. I like guitars.

Helen B. Michalowitz



Letter: Why I Left St. Anthony’s

Thursday, May 2, 2013

To the Editor: The global problems with the Catholic Church are painfully visible right here in White River Junction. In less than a year, the new leadership at St. Anthony’s Church has fired all of our catechism teachers, run out our amazing choir of 20-plus years because they don’t approve of guitars in church, and changed the format of our …