Posts Tagged ‘Parishes’

Napier’s new combined parish to sort out buildings

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Now that Napier’s three parishes have been combined decisions have to be made about the use of the buildings. The four lay staff and three priests, who previously worked within the three parishes of St Mary’s, St Patrick’s and St Thomas More, are presently working out of the unified parish’s temporary site at St Mary’s Read more

Reformers call for clustering parishes to cease worldwide

Friday, May 15th, 2015

The leaders of 24 reform groups are asking Pope Francis to halt the Church’s practice of clustering parishes as a response to the shortage of priests. In an open letter, 32 signatories told the Pope that the future of parish life is “massively threatened”. According to an article in the National Catholic Reporter, the letter Read more

New York archdiocese merges dozens of parishes

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

New York archdiocese has moved to merge more than 50 of its 368 parishes with neighbouring parishes. In a column published online in Catholic New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said 14 per cent of the archdiocese’s 368 parishes would undergo a “purgatory” of sorts and be merged with neighbours. “I wish it could be different. Read more

Wellington – final decision on parish mergers announced

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

The Archbishop Wellington, New Zealand, John Dew has announced  a major organisation of the parishes in the Archdiocese. Some parishes will merge to create a new parish. All parish churches will be retained. The parish mergers will be implemented over a period of two years and will be completed no later that 1 February 2016. Read more

Number of parishes in Wellington Archdiocese to be reduced

Friday, May 17th, 2013

In the Archdiocese of Wellington, New Zealand, Archbishop John Dew has drawn up a plan – A Future Full Of Hope –  to reduce the number of parishes in the Archdiocese. The plan, based on an extensive two-year review, was recently presented to parish priests, parish leaders and school principals at meetings held at Viard Read more

Nun with a gambling addiction stole $155,000 from parishes

Friday, November 9th, 2012

A nun with a gambling addiction is facing criminal grand larceny charges for embezzling funds from two parishes in upstate New York. She reportedly stole $NZ155,000 and spent it at casinos while working as a pastoral associate. Continue reading Related Posts:Massive increase in pokie-machine profits recordedLarger pastoral communities replace traditional parishesDetroit Archdiocese announces major reorganizationVatican Read more

Pope: converts to evangelical churches find Catholic parishes lacking

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Pope Benedict has given his opinion that Catholics who become converts to evangelical churches often do so because they experience a lack of fervour, joy and community within Catholic parishes — not because of doctrinal reasons. “Often sincere people who leave our Church do not do so as a result of what non-Catholic groups believe, Read more

18 new parishes for Christchurch diocese

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

A major reorganisation is ahead for the New Zealand diocese of Christchurch with the planned formation of 18 new parishes. “New and wider parish boundaries will now include previously separate parish communities, making possible a sharing of resources, both human and material. These changes will cause some sorrow and sadness, but also present new opportunities. For many Read more

US Catholic parishes are larger, more complex and staffed by women

Friday, August 5th, 2011

A study into the changing face of US Catholic parishes reveals the average number of registered parishioners in American parishes has grown 45% in the last 10 years. As well as getting bigger, the study found that parishes are getting more complex, more diverse and more than half of all parish staff are women. The study Read more