It is good that Jay Russo’s “second baptism has affirmed a refocused faith” (Jan. 23). Too bad he didn’t make a similar commitment as a baptized Catholic.

I am not a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe in Scarborough, the church that Mr. Russo used to belong to, but I am familiar with the many fine programs and ministries and the good priests who have served there (beginning with the Rev. Stephen Concannon, who built St. Max, to the present pastor, Monsignor Michael Henchal).

If Mr. Russo had made an effort to learn about the ritual that gives meaning to the “stand, sit, kneel, sing a song …” that bored him, then perhaps he would have come to love the beauty and richness of the faith.

How sad that he and others, including the Portland Press Herald, neither understand nor appreciate the Mass and are totally unaware of the many services the church provides within and outside the community.

Judy Eberson Kostovick

Harrison