opinions needed for festival plans
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|Fri, 02-13-2004 - 10:03am|
First, some background. Our parish is broke financially. It is also very small (maybe 250 families). Every year they hold a parish barbecue. They used to have games and stuff but they kind of fell apart a few years ago. Well, they only make enough money to pay for the church candles for the year and to put on the next barbecue. So this year they want to revive it and make it much better. I agree totally. And even though we will be leaving the area before the festival I have been trying to work with them as much as possible by doing a lot of research and minute taking at the meetings, etc. Basically, things I can do now.
Okay, on to where I need your opinions. Our dioceses for insurance purposes no longer allows alchohol to be sold on parish grounds. Some people are in an absolute uproar over this and now want to move the festival off of church grounds to a local park so they can sell beer. They are also using the reason that there is shade there and none in the church parking lot. We are in South Texas and the festival will be in July. Oh and their other reason is so that people from the entire community will come to the park, but they won't come to the parking lot because its Catholic grounds. I don't get it but that is what they say. Even though most who come to the parish barbecue yearly aren't members of our church.
My opinion is that they are putting the sale of beer and the profit they *may* make from it (we don't know how much because we haven't sold beer at the barbecue in as many years as I 've been going to it and that's around 7yrs.) ahead of being proud to be Catholic and host this event for the community. I also think it is one more step in making our church anonymous in the community by taking away from our church home.
What is wrong with actually wanting to have a parish festival AT the parish???? Am I making sense to anyone else or is it only in my mind? Not many people are with me on this one, but maybe I am not being clear in my point? Or maybe I am just totally off base. But I think I have reached the decision that at our next planning meeting if it is decided to be held off parish grounds then I am done volunteering my time for it. I don't think I can be a part of a group who is more intent on making the almighty dollar than opening our church home to the community.
What are your two cents. Please offer them, I am interested in your opinions.