Understandably, some members of the San Jose community are upset. Bishop Mark Seitz is as well. We want to share with you his statement regarding this issue:
"It has come as sad news to me as it has to the entire parish of San Jose that the much-beloved adobe church of this parish was beyond repair and needed to be dismantled so that it would not be a hazard. A church building, especially one that has been in the midst of a community for a long time, feels like a member of the family. So many memories are tied to that particular place; encounters with God in the course of baptisms, weddings, First Communions and funerals and so many other celebrations. It feels like home. But the truth is that church buildings, just like each of us, have a life-span and eventually every church will have completed its service to the community. At a certain point it is time to say goodbye.
For many years the parish has raised funds realizing that this day would come and due to much hard work they have raised a significant amount of money for the building of a new church. I have met on a number of occasions with the pastor, Fr. José Alcocer and leaders in the community, regarding plans for the future. I explained to them that in my role as the Chief Pastor of this parish and of the entire Diocese that I had a responsibility to give careful study to this matter before building. A parish community depends not only upon a willing group of people and funding but the service of priests and other pastoral ministers. With the limited number of priests presently serving the growing Church of the Diocese of El Paso I have the responsibility along with those who give me counsel to be sure that I am apportioning them in such a way that the people are best served and so that the priests themselves are not overburdened.
I want to assure the dedicated and faithful community of San Jose that I will continue to be in dialogue with them as we study this issue and seek the best next step in the service of their community and the Diocese. Their input and participation will be essential to this process. I would ask all involved to join me in prayer for the guidance of the Holy Spirit that we might do what is the will of God at this moment in our history."
Bp. Mark J. Seitz