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    Beacons of light and closing/consolidating of parishes

    https://resources.catholicaoc.org/download/432/beacons-of-light/38753/pastors_020122-2.pdf Here it is.
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    Beacons of light and closing/consolidating of parishes

    According to a friend who works in one of the merged parishes the pastor will be Matthew Robben. Fr. Tony at St. Catharine and Fr. Terry at St. Martin will remain.
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    Beacons of light and closing/consolidating of parishes

    The whole process comes across as somewhat lazy on the AOC's part. In Chicago they did things very differently with their "Renew My Church" process. There they grouped parishes into larger groupings and had parishioners pick the best scenarios for what the future would look like. This process...
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    Beacons of light and closing/consolidating of parishes

    I think OLL and Antoninus have a lot going for them in that their churches are newer and probably require less maintenance. St. Aloysius has the newest church of the northern group of parishes. St. Martin is massive and I’m sure costs a ton to maintain. St. Catharine definitely has maintenance...
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    Beacons of light and closing/consolidating of parishes

    Which two do you think are the weakest? I suspect we’ll end up with either St. Catharine or Martin plus probably at least initially both St. Antoninus and Lourdes. Not so sure about St. Aloysius. Almost certain major school consolidation will happen. Other groupings seem easier. The Price Hill...
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    Beacons of light and closing/consolidating of parishes

    Here you go. I’ll do them one by one.
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    Beacons of light and closing/consolidating of parishes

    Here’s the draft
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    Beacons of light and closing/consolidating of parishes

    This is totally true. Of course what will also happen will be for new parishes to have pressure from the archdiocese to reduce expenses. If the archdiocese only assigns a new parish two priests then they can only have 6 masses per Sunday. It’s pretty clear that closing campuses will happen due...
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    Elder Enrollment Strategy

    Most of the debt for parishes in the archdiocese comes from two places. Either subsidies to schools or parishes not paying their assessment. The “current realities report” on the beacons of light website is very helpful in this matter. As you can see, about 20% of parishes are running deficits...
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    Elder Enrollment Strategy

    Mostly from the school. There are like 150 students right now and it’s bleeding money. It should’ve closed 20 years ago but they’ve been propping it up. The buildings also have required a ton of maintenance.
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    Elder Enrollment Strategy

    It’s not split. The parish gets everything. The issue is that most of these distressed parishes owe a ton of money to the Archdiocese. St. Catharine for example owes at least 2.5 million. So when the building is sold the archdiocese gets paid first for any debt owed and then you end up with...
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    Elder Enrollment Strategy

    Yep! 60 families has always seemed low to me. I suspect Dominic will end up with William/Teresa and Antoninus/Lourdes will end up together, maybe with St. Martin/Catharine. We’ll see in two weeks. It’s sad to me. I’m a member of St. Catharine in Westwood and I’m not confident that it’ll survive...
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    Elder Enrollment Strategy

    Part of the issue is that some healthy parishes will inevitably be clustered with others. Going to 60 will mean that for example William/Teresa will probably also include Dominic. Honestly I’m really interested to see what they put out there on Oct. 1.
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    Elder Enrollment Strategy

    The problem too will be that 2027 is incredibly unrealistic. I think most mergers will have happened by 2023. There’s no way the archdiocese is going to let healthy parishes bleed supporting their newly partnered weak parishes. It’s also obvious that the writing will be on the wall once...
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    Elder Enrollment Strategy

    Sadly I think a lot of things like festivals or parish organizations will be collateral victims of the mergers. I also think you’ll see a lot of people who still drive to their old parishes just start going places closer to home.
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    Elder Enrollment Strategy

    Sorry, meant St. Vincent de Paul.
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