Is that Ed jaywalking? :)
Sure looks like Ed and he's not dressed properly for the occasion.
The one thing I do not like about the Nuri is that the politicians (ie our current mayor, treasurer and posse who are non church members) get involved just to get face time. Couldn't they watch from the sidelines like anyone else? It is for the faithful, not those who want to link religion and government. It sends a bad message that you have to be of a certain faith & ethnicity to be involved in local government. Well actually isn't that behind Serra's he doesn't worship here comments to McMahon? This is exactly why my father left St. Seb's. Having witnessed the diocese removing the only Italian speaking priest who stuck up for the local immigrants who built the church in community matters with someone who could make them more money. The Nuri turned from feast for the parishioners into a way for the diocese to make a buck. The run was never part of the original Nuri until the late a 1930's when even at the height of the depression faithful pinned money to the a statute as a way of showing devotion. The diocese saw this as a huge cash cow and instead of making the feast free to parishioners compelled them to pay and raise more funds.My family was dirt poor during the Great Depression, but still gave weekly contributions to St. Seb's yet the diocese didn't do a damn thing for those suffering in the community at the time. I have nothing against the local church, but the over all Catholic diocese has turned the feast into a political and money making ponzi scheme.
FYI...every dollar raised at the feast stays at the church. It does not go to the diocese.
I do agree that members of the church should participate. Non-members should just watch. I enjoy the feast every year and hope that the negativity will not sway the public from having some very good food and festivities.
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