It is a parable of our times.
Everybody seems to love the local church in country Australia – but not enough people worship there to make it financially viable.
So it is in Wee Jasper.
The intimate Our Lady of the Rosary Church is being assessed by the archdiocese for sale because so few people attend mass there – but the rest of the community is annoyed that a tiny village will lose its focus.
“It’s a cute little church but it needs someone to love it,” Helen Delahunty, financial administrator of the Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, said.
“Sadness is not going to fix things.”
She calculates the church needs $30,000 in repairs just for starters. The guttering is off the roof and more work needs to be done.
“We are good citizens….