Our Lady Of Grace Festival Canceled Due To Threat

The Scott Twp. parish says they received 'a disturbing message'

Lynne Hayes-Freeland
August 13, 2019 - 11:03 am



PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – The Our Lady of Grace Parish Festival in Scott Township scheduled for this week has been cancelled due to “a disturbing message”.

A handwritten letter was sent to an office in the Diocese of Pittsburgh Pastoral Center in late July and said, “Cancel August 14-17 Festival Security Problem is Huge.”

The only festival scheduled during those dates was the Our Lady of Grace’s.

While there was no direct threat the parish said in a release, “the letter raised grave concern due to the appalling chain of mass violence that our nation has experienced. Father David Bonnar, the priest-administrator, was immediately notified, and he immediately notified law enforcement. The sender has not been identified, so Father Bonnar announced today, with deep regret, that the festival has been canceled.”

The Diocese of Pittsburgh says they support the church’s decision and that the loss of income for the parish and vendors, “pales in comparison to the loss of lives in Dayton, El Paso, Squirrel Hill and too many other places.”

“We mourn the loss of carefree community that should be the hallmark of these joyous events,” the release goes on to say.

Ellen Mady of the Pittsburgh Diocese tells KDKA Radio, It was a “sad moment” when father Bonnar decided to cancel the festival but it was necessary and “for right now it was not time for the festival to happen.”

Mady adds that other church festivals remaining in the season have not been affected.

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