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Feb. 09, 2013 @ 10:10 PM

Catholics are Christians, too

In reference to your article about cessation of prayer "in Jesus name" at Central City Elementary School and the woman who felt such prayer made her "uncomfortable."

As a practicing Catholic, it makes me uncomfortable for her to make the statement that a Catholic family would not "pray the same way."

In my church, St. Joseph Catholic Church, the dominant visual article is a huge cross with the crucified Jesus Christ. In every Mass, we recite the Nicene Creed, as do other denominations, which states in part that "I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ." It refers to His Crucifixion, Resurrection and members of the Trinity.

So, why would we not pray "in Jesus name?" We do.

The woman's statement is not factual but a perpetuation of the myth that Catholics are not Christian.

I, and every Catholic I know, are proud that we are Christian.

Barbara Sheppe


School volunteer appreciates prayer

In response to the news article in The Herald-Dispatch on Friday, Jan. 25, concerning the little prayer that the principal of Central City School had been saying since the killing of the little children at Newtown. If I had children enrolled at school, I would be so pleased that the principal would ask for them to be watched over and protected from harm.

I can only guess the feelings all the principals and teachers in all schools have had since that terrible day. After all, they are trusted to keep the children safe while they are in their care.

I can only admire Mr. O'Neal for wanting to say a prayer for protection for all the children, teachers and staff. What a compassionate thing. I spend a little time at that school as a volunteer and feel that the prayers were for me, too. Thank you, Mr. O'Neal. Whether any one appreciates it, I want you to know that I do.

Too bad that anyone would feel "uncomfortable" because of prayer. I am sure that the principal didn't want anyone to feel "uncomfortable."

Too bad this has to stop. But it is what it is, I guess.

Reo Gifford




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