Our Archdiocese is assuming this death spiral will continue. "Over time, it is projected there will be about 85 parishes or clusters in the 10-county archdiocese, said Mark Kemmeter, director for planning and
Mr, Kemmeter later said "I think the people of Blessed Trinity have it right," he said. "They understand what church is about." About to close, in their case.
It calls to mind what what "Father Eleazar Perez, the popular Mexican priest who transformed a dying Polish parish on the south side into the largest Latino parish in the archdiocese", said to explain his departure. "[T]he system is
So a dying parish is a model and a thriving one a problem? Well, recall that some years back, Fr. Bryan Massingale gave an address to the Spring Assembly of Priests in which he said "...I want to offer an image that speaks to me of hopeful endings and new beginnings: the image of hospice. I want to suggest that prophetic ministry today requires a 'hospice' mind set and approach to priestly