Request for the Diocese of Rockville Centre Community Space Policy

Request for the Diocese of Rockville Centre Community Space Policy

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Beth Brady Zanazzi started this petition to Bishop Barres of the Diocese of Rockville Centre

Dear Bishop Barres,

We the parishioners of Mary Immaculate of Bellport, along with other members of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, would like to express our support for allowing local discretion for renting church spaces to the local community.

It has recently come to our attention that Mary Immaculate was told they were no longer allowed to rent space to a community yoga instructor by your office. After sending repeated emails requesting the official policy on use of community space in local churches and receiving no response from you or the Chancellor’s Office, we wish to collectively express our disappointment in what appears to be an unnecessary overreach of authority over our community. At a time when we should be working on being a beacon of hope, turning away members of our local community who have good intentions from spaces, that would otherwise go unused, sends the wrong message.

We look forward to your response and hope that a change in policy will occur so that Mary Immaculate’s spaces serve as a reminder to the Bellport community of the welcoming spirit of Jesus Christ.

Thank you for your time,

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