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1+ year ago
This is not about the church but about priest Fr. Alfred S. Baca. My fiancé and I met with Father Al in Jan. 2013 to Read more...
This is not about the church but about priest Fr. Alfred S. Baca. My fiancé and I met with Father Al in Jan. 2013 to schedule a date for our wedding. Father Al agreed to perform our ceremony on January of the following year. Therefore, we made all of the plans for our wedding and even had the invitations printed. A few months before the wedding, we get the most hateful phone call from Father Al's secretary, Rose. She tells me that Father Al will not be performing our wedding and to go find another church because we don't want you. This came completely out of nowhere. You can imagine how shocked we were. I called back everyday to schedule an appointment with Father Al because I needed an explanation. No one called me back. Therefore, I went in person and literally cornered him, until he agreed to meet with my fiancé and me. At the meeting, he refused to explain why he wouldn't marry us. He only said that someone had told him some story about us that made him uncomfortable. We asked him to tell us what had been said so that we could defend ourselves against these false allegations, but he wouldn't. He said he didn't care about what we had to say. His mind was made up. Why not get married elsewhere? Father Al said he would "taint the waters" and go tell other priests not to marry us. His actions are completely capricious, unjust, and not in accordance with how a man of God should act. In a way, I am thankful that he will not be performing our ceremony because I question whether someone with such bad judgment is worthy of performing such an important sacrament. If you are planning on having him perform your wedding, I advise you to have a back up plan, in case he pulls the plug on you too. Of course, this is all based on my personal experience and not necessarily an interpretation of how he would act towards any one else. Yet, I lost a lot of money and the ability to get married at the only church that I have ever known because of his unfounded decision. Read less
Services Used: Officiant, Wedding Venue
Father Al was great
Father Al was great Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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