The St. Isabel Bulletin of June 03, 2018, among other dates, contained the following statement by the parish administration in a section titled “Facilities and Operations – Progress for Parish Improvement:”
Ensuring the safety of our Parish Family and the Parish staff is our top priority…. Since the protection of our parishioners is paramount, we have instituted measures in our parking and walkway areas as well. We had issues with speeding and poor parking in our parking lots. New speed limit signs have been placed around the lots to ensure we all keep to the 5 miles per hour limit and we are all vigilant about how we drive around the church. … In this ever-changing world, where tragedies seem to strike on a regular basis, we are striving to raise the safety of our facilities to better standards… We will continue to move forward as good stewards to our parish and maintain these higher standards.
Seems that the staff forgot to insert a warning in the bulletin to beware that the biggest threat to safety in the parking lot is Fr. Joseph Gates careening through the area in a drunken stupor with the parish business manager riding “shotgun” in his car. Perhaps in addition to speed limit signs, some “Don’t Drink and Drive” signs could have been installed in the parking lot, at least in the area by the rectory. Who are the good stewards in the administration maintaining “higher standards?” Talk is cheap.