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April 29, 2013

Letter: St. Ann's closing sends wrong message

To the editor:

The closing of St. Ann School is a picture of what is wrong with the Catholic Church today.

With more and more Catholics leaving the church for various reasons, one would think they would move heaven and earth to keep a Catholic school open for the students of parents who are highly dedicated in giving their children a Catholic education.

Unfortunately, the Boston Archdiocese seems to see it differently. We only wish they felt just as dedicated as us parents, some who sacrificed a great deal in order to send their child/ren to this beautiful, very much loved school.

We believe it is short-sightedness on their part for sure, as these children are future parishioners.

Ironically, the Vatican has deemed this year to be the “year of faith.”

In the Archdiocese’s decision to close St. Ann School, however, we think this is a big misstep in the message they’re trying to convey.

Our nine-year-old son has attended the school since he was three, and has moved from grade to grade with mostly the same students. They are all very close and it will be difficult for them to separate, but they will persevere, like many of us do when life throws a curve ball.

Our five-year-old doesn’t quite understand and perhaps that’s for the best. Our heart is heavy for them all, especially the students in seventh grade. Our best wishes go out to them. To the eighth graders who will forever be known as “the last graduating class,” best of luck to all of you.

A part of Gloucester’s community since 1885, St. Ann’s has gone through many changes over the years but one thing has remained constant: the extremely dedicated teachers and staff.

Some of these teachers have been here for 20-plus years, namely Pam Sonia, Cathy McGrath, Barbara Barszcz and Grace McKay — women who have poured their heart and soul into the school. Thank you!

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