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FEMA Section 106 Notices for Louisiana
Comment on "Public Notice Regarding Historic Review of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church, 5500 Paris Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana with linked PDF attachments "
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Name: Phillip Bellini
City: New Orleans, LA
St. Frances Cabrini Church
Comments: I grew up in St. Frances Cabrini Church. Attended school there. Received the Sacrament of Confirmation there and met and made many wonderful friends in the process. Those friends will always be friends. However the time has come for the building of St. Frances Cabrini to be torn down. I will always have memories of my times there, but there is something much more important needed. The rebuilding of the community. The process of rebuilding has been slow in the neighborhood attached to Cabrini. It's time for revitalization.

I commend Archbishop Hughes for having the foresight to keep Holy Cross High School in the New Orleans area. We talk about losing a forty-two year old parish. How about losing an institution that is much older than that??? I'm talking about Holy Cross High School. It would not be the same to see Holy Cross in neighboring Jefferson parish. This is the institution we should be fearing to lose. I also commend Holy Cross on their vote to purchase the Cabrini/Redeemer property so as to stay in New Orleans.

Now we are faced the prospect of holding up much needed revitalization of the neighborhood because St. Frances Cabrini Church is considered an architectural landmark? You can't be serious. The Church roof was in constant need of repair. No matter how many repairs were made, I always remember the Church roof leaking. Peter Finney has it right. FEMA interpreting Vatican II? Let's get real here. Let's have some common sense. How much longer are we willing to block this effort to bring in Holy Cross to the neighborhood? The course has already been charted by a vote to overwhelmingly get the neighborhood moving in the postive direction to bring LIFE back to the Oak Park/Gentilly area.

FEMA. This neighborhood needs rebuilding. There are many other Catholic Churches the faithful may attend in the area. Yes, our parish will be missed, but Holy Cross must come for the greater good. I pray that there is an expedited decision to end this delay and get moving to bring this community back. Bring the building down so that the greater good of Holy Cross High School may soon begin construction of their campus. Stop listening to the experts and start listening to the majority of people who live there and have already voted.

Thank you.