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Mel Gibson's Church -- Shutting Down Mass Services

12/9/2010 2:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mel Gibson's mega church is putting the brakes on all congregational services because of a picture that was taken on church grounds this weekend and then passed on to TMZ.

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Sources connected with the church tell us ... Gibson was "extremely concerned about the invasion of privacy." One source adds, "He is not just concerned that photos of his daughter were taken at the church, he is concerned for the privacy of his parishioners."

Members of the Holy Family Chapel in Agoura, CA received an email notice from church honchos yesterday which read, "There will be no Masses here at Holy Family Chapel until further notice."

Our sources tell us, however, that limited services will continue to be provided. In fact, a service was conducted yesterday -- the Holy Day of Obligation  -- for long term parishioners.


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Shell    

I have no more patience for the douche bag mel haters......just saying...they have more hate in them than what they accuse Mel Gibson of.

1377 days ago
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Tellthetruth59    

@Shell - don't tell the haters that: "they have more hate in them than what they accuse Mel of." They hate because they love... *g*

1377 days ago
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Dean    

Yesterday was not 'The Holy Day of Obligation'. It was the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, one of a number of holy days of obligation. Fact check!

1377 days ago
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azlee    

wonder what the congregation are thinking right now. If an insider, I would hate to be that person right now.

1377 days ago
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Tellthetruth59    

@Azlee - here is what probably happened. Ox got someone to take the pictures. She knew the people that attended that parish. She probably paid that person a few shekels. The person sent the pics to Ox and SHE sold them to TMZ for big bucks. So the person that took the pictures is both stupid, poor and evil. I hope they are reading this.

1377 days ago
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don't make me laugh    

That's a beautiful church.How sad one has to worry about being invaded while at church.

1377 days ago
22.

Rob    

I support Mel 100%

1377 days ago
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azlee    

could be but I would imagine any church around that area would be pretty protective of any stars in the congretation. That church in particular. She would have made friends and I know how church people can be if they side with a person.

Be nice if we ever were told who did it, as in a member of the church or a shot from the hill or. TMZ will never release the source because if they did they wouldn't get too much stuff sent to them.

1377 days ago
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SOOTHE    

That is exactly the kind of picture he would want published after she was on Larry King saying her daughter wasn't safe with
him. He wants to show the court and the court of public opinion the kinds of safe places he takes her and how happy she is with him. Geeez .. Ole Harvey doesn't publish anything Ole Mel doesnt' want him to publish.

1377 days ago
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Shell    

But I thought, according to "sammie", no one in the church liked Oxy so who would do this little deed for her? She has no friends. I would like to hear from "sammie" on this. Sammie, where are you?? lol

1377 days ago
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Genna    

In other religious news white smoke was seen coming from Ox's chimney announcing that she has just opened her own church "Church of the Immaculate Interception of he Almighty Dollar" and Gloria Allred will be the new pope and Heather Mills will be named a Cardinal.

Posted at 9:31 AM on Dec 9, 2010 by Tellthetruth59
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Lol! Very cute and funny, Tell. How about Archbishop?

1377 days ago
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dan    

I'm not a Mel hater, but he will always be in the public eye and should expect that he has no privacy when out in the public. The person that took this picture and sold it should be ashamed of themselves! Just because you go to church and claim to be a Christian doesn't make you one!!!! You must pic up the cross and live a life pleasing to God......and soliciting private pictures of a family is NOT pleasing to God!!

1377 days ago
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Genna    

That's sad when you can't trust your own parishoners...

Posted at 9:18 AM on Dec 9, 2010 by Shell

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Hi Shell. It could have been a friend or a visitor who was accompanying a parishioner.

1377 days ago
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Shell    

Yes, he should expect no privacy out in public but in church....his privacy should be respected.

1377 days ago
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don't make me laugh    

Still, maybe some things shouldn't be printed in the first place.They knew he was at church.

1377 days ago
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