Sunday, August 14, 2005

Another Letter to Fr. Bert Diaz?

Remember This? (Update)
Scheduled Meeting with Father Bert Diaz.
Today, Wednesday, June 29, 2005, is the day that our five representatives are scheduled to meet with Fr.Bert Diaz to discuss the Letter of Concerns that was signed by over 270 members of our parish and sent to Fr. Louis Brum. This meeting is scheduled for 4:00 PM. We ask all to pray for an amicable outcome. We will keep you posted on any progress.

The Latest News from the "Assigned Five".
Based on the answers that I keep getting from the five parish representatives that were assigned to present our "Letter of Concern" to Bishop Reymundo Pena (a la Father Bert Diaz), I guess the concerns of over 270 Parishioners at Holy Spirit Parish doesn't mean a damn thing to our Bishop. The Bishop has not even had the courtesy to respond in any way, shape or form to our concerns about the destructive actions that are being taken by our pastor, Father Louis Brum.

UPDATE: The following letter was sent to Fr. Bert Diaz:

August 1, 2005

Rev. Bert Diaz, Chancellor
Diocese of Brownsville
P.O. Box’2779
Brownsville, TX 78522-2279

Dear Fr. Bert,

We are writing to request follow-up communication and/or a meeting. Since we spoke with you, the situation at Holy Spirit Parish has continued to deteriorate. More parishioners have been banned from ministry and the working conditions for our employees have reached new levels of harassment. Our religious education program for the coming year is at a complete standstill because no one was allowed to order books. This is especially disturbing to those parishioners who have children ready to participate in sacrament preparation. Our RCIA program is virtually shut down as well.

If the Diocesan position towards our parish is defined by the public comments of diocesan spokesperson Brenda Nettles-Riojas, if we are in the bishop’s view once again a vibrant parish with healing happening every Sunday”, please extend us the courtesy of a response confirming this position.

As parishioners of a Church we love, we will continue to witness to the truth of our situation and will move forward in seeking healing for the Body of Christ that is Holy Spirit Parish. We continue to hope that we can work for healing together with our Diocese.


Mark & Michelle Peña
Mirtala Rodriguez
Gerald Brazier
Ana Hallman

cc: Bishop Reymundo J. Peña
Fr. Louis Brum

When are we going to get some answers? Things are getting worse at Holy Spirit Parish!

Comforting words for the prophets as they endure opposition, for those loyal to the mission of proclaiming God's truth, and for those that stand up for justice and for their beliefs with no fear:

"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed... For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (II Corinthians 4: 8-9, 17-18)

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