Saturday, March 05, 2005

Parish Closings

Here are links to the Archdiocesan websites for the parishes in the South City Deanery in Saint Louis that are slated to close this year:

Holy Family
Holy Innocents
Immaculate Conception/Saint Henry
Resurrection of Our Lord
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga
Saint Boniface
Saint Hedwig

These churches will become chapels, available for Masses and devotions on special occasions:

Saint John Nepomuk
Saint Mary of Victories
Saints Mary and Joseph

These churches will no longer be territorial parishes, but will have specific ministries:

Saint Francis de Sales, an oratory offering the Tridentine Latin Mass
Saint Cecilia, Hispanic personal parish
Saint Wenceslaus, ministry of the Missionaries of the Holy Family
Saint Agatha, personal parish for Polish language and ancestory

Please note that the Archdiocese will need extra funding to support Saint Francis de Sales and Saint Cecila. The former church needs a great amount of repair, while the latter church needs funding for the Hispanic ministry.

Saint Anthony and Saint Mary Magdalene schools will close.

Some of the parish bulletins for the above parishes are online; there is both great sadness but also acceptance of the closings.

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