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||Name redacted at the request of the author
||New Orleans, La.
||In an area that has been decimated by Hurricane Katrina, the chance to have a High School with the reputation of Holy Cross in our neighborhood will have a positive impact on our community. It will stimulate the resurgence of our subdivision and will breathe new life into it. The rebirth has to start somewhere, and this is a good place to begin. Take a good look at the neighborhood, nothing of significance is going on. Everything is dormant. Houses are being torn down and there is no any indication that rebuilding will occur. Something "big" has to take place to get things moving again. It will be nice to see construction replacing demolition. We will see kids smiling and hear them laughing again in the school yards. Parents will be bringing them to school in the morning and returning in the afternoon to pick them up. Athletic teams will be practicing after school. There will be movement in the area again. How encouraging it will be to see something occuring. This area used to be a vibrant and flourishing neighborhood. It is very demoralizing to drive daily to work and back home in a "dead zone" with no indications of any improvement in sight.
I feel no pleasure in seeing the Church Building being torn down, but feel that our area will be better served with Holy Cross in our neighborhood. Regardless of what building is built there, St. Frances Cabrini Church and Grammar School and Redeemer High School will always be in our memories forever.
Wake up people. There is only one chance "at the apple" and the window of opportunity is closing rapidly. I wonder how many of the "nay-sayers" are currently living in the Parish and were "active members" when the Parish was alive. It seems ironic that there appears to be more comments by "pro-SFC" people than were present for the weekend Masses.
This is not a vote against St. Frances Cabrini Parish, it is a vote for the Resurrection of the Neighborhood and the City. Don't you have faith in the wisdom of the heirarchy of the Archdiocese? They have supported this transaction.
Things will never be the same, but there is no reason to believe that they cannot get better, but it cannot happen by itself. It's up to each and every one of us to "give in a little" to "get back a lot". The results can be unbelievable for everyone. Let's do something: lead, follow, or get out of the way.