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November 22, 2009
On the Way. . .A Message from the Pastor
Here is an outline of the process the Bishop asks us to use when two parishes such as St. Peter and St. Paul are in the process of being “unified”. I shared this with many of you a couple of weeks ago but you may have missed some or forgotten some details. If you were not at Mass on the weekend of November 7/8, please read the following carefully for your own information.
l. A request from the pastor to the bishop to consider a unification, which begins a process to investigate if a unification is appropriate.
2. The bishop grants the pastor permission to begin the process in conjunction with the diocesan Office of Planning.
3. The process must involve consultation with, and involvement of, the Pastoral and finance Councils of both parishes.
4. An open meeting for all interested members of the two parishes, where they can ask questions, state opinions or make comments.
5. After the open meeting the pastor consults with the Pastoral councils to consider what was said at the meeting and to make a final recommendation to the pastor.
6. The pastor writes to the bishop with his recommendation, including a summary of his consultations with parishioners and Pastoral and Finance Councils.
7. If the bishop agrees with the recommendation, he orders a due diligence process which includes: an inventory of parish goods for each parish, including both ecclesiastical and secular goods; an audit of all accounts for each parish and its organizations; a review of the stipulation of any contracts, restricted gifts, bequests, memorials; a written summary of the financial condition of the church buildings and property.
8. The bishop consults the Presbyteral, (Council of priests), and diocesan finance Council, (made up primarily of lay persons), providing all members with a copy of the due diligence package.
9. After considering the counsel of the Presbyteral Council and the diocesan Finance council, the bishop makes his decision and communicates it to the pastor.
10. If the bishop decides to unify the parishes, he will issue a Decree of Unification, which must be publicized and displayed in both parishes and includes the manner of initiating recourse (appeal process) against an administrative decree (bishop’s decision).
Sunday afternoon, November 22 at 1 pm at St. Paul Church in Candia all interested members of both parishes are invited to the open meeting for questions and comments.