December 1, 2003 - Keep Bob Herring Web Site: Daily Report and Schedule on Keep Bob Herring Web Site

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Daily Report and Schedule on Keep Bob Herring Web Site

Daily Report and Schedule on Keep Bob Herring Web Site

Daily Report and Schedule

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Monday, Dec. 1

6 a.m.: Channel 12 expected for live shot of rally in Nativity parking lot.

6:30 a.m.: Parents and students gather in Nativity lot, with signs, to support reinstatement of Bob Herring.

7 a.m.: Bro. Joe Kamis, superintendent of Cincinnati Catholic Schools, to meet with Nativity faculty.

7 p.m.: Parish update meeting in cafeteria.

Other news: High school-age Nativity alum plan rally from 6:30 a.m to 8 a.m. or later at Ridge and Woodford roads. back to top

Sunday, Nov. 30

9 a.m. and 11 a.m. masses: Archdiocese, in letter to Nativity parish, calls for “due process” review of Bob Herring’s termination. See statement.

10 a.m.: Seventy-five parishioners gather in parking lot to pray, sing and say rosary in support of reinstatement of Bob Herring.

2 p.m.:Leadership Steering Committee releases news of Archdiocese announcement, along with press release, to media. Cincinnati Enquirer, Chan 5, 12, and 19 attend press conference. See statement and press release.

Other news:

* Supporters place fliers asking for support on windshields of cars at other Catholic churches during their Sunday masses. * Children’s Liturgy for Advent begins, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. masses, in Parish Center -- not school cafeteria as earlier reported. * Nativity installs annual Giving Tree, with organizers urging parishioners to grab their tags whether they attend mass at Nativity or not. * Parishioners reminded that recipients of second collections could be denied funds because of low mass attendance.

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Saturday, Nov. 29

4 p.m.: Forty parishioners gather in parking lot to pray, sing and say rosary in support of reinstatement of Bob Herring.

Other news:

* Printed 500 additional posters for rally on Monday, Dec. 1, and 10,000 fliers for distribution to other area parishes. Twenty-five volunteers laminate signs and separate fliers. Italianette Pizza donates pizza for workers. * Prepared signs naming at least 15 other schools (i.e. "Mount Notre Dame stands by Nativity!") for Monday rally. * Received $190 more in donations for expenses.

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Friday, Nov. 28

7-8:30 a.m. -- Forty-plus parishioners rally at corner of Ridge and Woodford.

11 a.m. -- Parish representatives Mark McLaughlin and Joe Muenchen meet with Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk for half hour. Archbishop gives Nativity his word that he will take an active role in addressing our crisis.

1 p.m. -- Bob Herring meets briefly with Marc Sherlock. The agenda of the meeting, in Sherlock’s words: “My listening to your understanding of why you were asked to resign or be terminated.” No progress made toward reinstatement of Bob Herring.

3 p.m. -- Mark McLaughlin and Joe Muenchen meet with Marc Sherlock. “He is continuing to take the stand that he did the right thing,” Muenchen reports to parish. Significantly, Sherlock also reiterated sentiment that “I will do whatever the archbishop tells me to do.” In response, parish is urged to keep pressure on archdiocese (via e-mail, calls, letters and faxes) to intervene and direct Sherlock to reinstate Bob Herring.

5 p.m. -- Leadership Crisis Committee (LCC hereafter) meets for first time to discuss day’s events and next moves. (See Leadership Committee link for more details.)

6 p.m. -- Two hundred-plus parishioners attend parish update meeting and learn outcome of day’s events.

Other news:

* Sherlock rejects policy laid out in archdiocese employment manual, saying “I’m not bound by this,” according to Tim Garry Jr., Bob Herring’s attorney and Legal Committee Chair. Manual states that employees may not be discharged except for cause. Manual also allows for employees with grievances to assemble a three-member panel to hear their case. * Mark McLaughlin characterizes meeting with Archbishop Pilarczyk as “successful and significant.” “He promised his help. He pledged to talk to Bishop Moeddel.” (Moeddel handles priest personnel issues.) But, McLaughlin and others cautioned that the archbishop offered no timeline for how quickly action could be expected. * LCC reports that Bob Herring, with the help of Tim Garry Jr., is appealing his firing with the archdiocese. * LCC Community Relations Chairs Meg Muething and Shelley Castellini report that 200 additional “Nativity Deserves Better” signs were printed and distributed in Pleasant Ridge and surrounding areas. (A sidenote: A makeup-less Meg also thanked fellow parishioners for helping finish her Thanksgiving dishwashing as they laminated the signs.) * LCC Media Relations Committee Chair Patti Newberry reports that 1,500 people “hit” the Web site through 5 p.m. Friday and thanks her husband for his IT expertise in designing the site. * Parishioners contribute another $451 toward the cost of “Nativity Deserves Better” signs and other copying costs. * Frank Graff of Channel 12 and Cindy Kranz of The Enquirer attend 6 p.m. meeting.

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Thursday, Nov. 27

All day: Nativity families post signs in neighborhoods and yards to communicate “Nativity Deserves Better” and other personal messages.

Two hundred fliers distributed at Turkey Bowl football game, spreading news of Nativity’s crisis to St. Vincent, St. John’s, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and St. Peter and Paul communities.

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Wednesday, Nov. 26

7-8:30 a.m.: Parents and students rally on school property.

4-5:30 p.m.: Parents and students rally on school property.

6:30 p.m.: Families gather in school parking lot for Candlelight Prayer Vigil.

Other action:

* · Recent Nativity alums initiate phone chain to gather support from former classmates. * Nativity lay leaders contact ECASE board members, ECASE principals, Visitation Parish, Margaret of York Parish and area real estate agents to call for support. * Donors contribute $500 and $100 to support efforts to reinstate Bob Herring. * Parishioners post “Nativity Deserves Better” signs in area business and on neighborhood streets. back to top

Tuesday, Nov. 25

* · 8 a.m.: Approximately 200 parishioners demonstrate in front of offices of Cincinnati Archdiocese in downtown Cincinnati. Five representatives of parish meet with Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk to review situation and call for Bob Herring’s reinstatement. * 8 p.m.: Approximately 400 parishioners attend second emergency meeting to determine plan of action. back to top

Monday, Nov. 24

* 3 p.m.: Nativity Pastor R. Marc Sherlock fires Nativity Principal Bob Herring for “philosophical reasons,” consulting none of the established commissions or committees of Nativity and refusing any elaboration of arbitrary and unwarranted action. * 8:30 p.m.: Approximately 200 parishioners attend first emergency meeting to voice concerns over firing. back to top

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