Some English-language parishioners refused to listen to the bishop and to reason, and insisted on "their" Mass in English despite meetings and explanations and the fact that three neighbouring parishes each have an English Mass, one of them only one kilometre away.
Front-page headlines ensured province-wide interest: "Parishioners fight to keep English Mass"(Moncton Times Transcript, May 3); "English Mass supporters in Bathurst ask Vatican envoy to reverse decision" (New Brunswick Telegraph Journal, June 11, '99), etc. But as an editorial in the Telegraph Journal pointed out (June 29), this was not a fight about language discrimination.
The bishop had the final word: the last English Mass in the 75-year-old parish was celebrated on June 20.
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