When covering saints, stick close to home

I was overjoyed to see the picture and article on the Polish community of St. Joseph Parish in Norwich celebrating the canonization of Pope John Paul II to sainthood.

It puzzles me, however, to understand why the The Day takes the reader to Norwich when their neighboring and surrounding town of Waterford had a similar celebration at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Quaker Hill, the rededication of the statue of Pope John Paul II.

Several years ago under the pastoral leadership of Msgr. Thomas Bride, the people of Our Lady of Perpetual Help erected a statue of Pope John Paul II shortly after his death. At the time of the erection of the statue, at the entrance of the church, Msgr. Bride purposely had space made in the engraved base to insert the title "Saint."

Msgr. Bride "assured" the faithful of the Polish community that in our lifetime, Pope John Paul II would be elevated to sainthood. The events of recent months, culminating with Sunday's canonization, are a testament to his comment made several years ago.

I urge the staff of The Day to be more attentive to the local community news. Norwich has its own daily publication.

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