The Forgotten Case of Fr. Joseph Gates Our readers will remember that ten minutes before midnight on August 3, 2019, Fr. Joseph Gates and the St. Isabel parish office manager, Mrs. Khristy Scheer, were stopped by the Sanibel Police in the rectory garage, the place where Fr. Gates fled while ignoring the flashing police car… Continue reading The Forgotten Case of Fr. Joseph Gates
Reading this made us feel guilty that Ed and I still attend Mass at St. Isabel’s. We have disassociated ourselves from supporting all St. Isabel activities and are actively supportive of Parishioners for Justice . Quite simply put, it was just convenient for us to use St. Isabel’s proximity to our own advantage for attending… Continue reading A Note From the Lear’s
Guards Are Not Needed Many parishioners and visitors to St. Isabel Church have been surprised to find black-shirted and flak-jacketed guards patrolling the parish grounds, in the vestibule before Mass, and prohibiting individuals from entering the church parking lot or visiting the church. These extreme security measures imposed on the parish by Bishop Frank Dewane… Continue reading Guards Are Not Needed
Every Christmas season classic Christmas stories resurface for us to enjoy once more. Much of their charm and appeal is how their plots seem to be timeless. What was true at the time they were written remains true when they are retold. The following Christmas tale was published two years ago to mark the third… Continue reading A St. Isabel Christmas Carol
It is hard to put into words what has happened at St. Isabel Church over the last week. Firstly, on Thursday, December 6, Fr. Christopher arrived on Church property, after being given permission by the diocese to remove his belongings which have been held hostage for more than three years. His arrival, late in the… Continue reading It is hard to put into words what has happened at St. Isabel Church over the last week.
A PARISH WITH NO SOUL Parishes are as different as the people who populate them, individuals lending their varied characteristics and idiosyncrasies to an ever-changing pool of talent and giftedness. It is that collection of individuals who form the cogs and wheels of a machine that is intended to run well. No single individual, not… Continue reading A PARISH WITH NO SOUL
September 21, 2019 310 E Gulf Dr Sanibel, FL 33957 Bishop Frank Dewane Diocese of Venice 1000 Pinebrook Rd. Venice, FL 34285 Most Reverend Bishop: Praise the Lord! It is so uplifting to see that you have finally come to your senses and removed Father Joseph Gates from St Isabel. As you… Continue reading A Letter from a Parishioner and the Bishop’s Response
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