Did You Miss the "On Mission for the Church Alive!' Meetings Regarding the
If you were unable to attend, you can click here to listen to the audio recording of the May 25 meeting.
Possible Union of Saint Kilian and Holy Sepulcher Next Fall?
Full details on the union can be found in a message from Father Bober in the May 21 bulletin.
Additionally, we invite you to share your thoughts via our online response form (this form will close on June 6).
A Message from Father Bober Regarding On Mission for the Church Alive!
Rationale for Action
There are currently (2017) 188 parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. There will be 150 priests available for assignment in 2018. Currently, 44 priests are serving beyond having reached retirement age and another 42 will reach retirement age in the next five years. It is expected then that in 2025, there will be approximately 80-90 priests available for assignment. To provide appropriate pastoral care (for people and priests), those 80-90 priests must be able to be assigned to less than the current 188 parishes. That is one reality that is inescapable.
One half of the current 188 parishes are experiencing operational deficits (costs exceed contributions). Solely from a financial perspective, not every current parish is sustainable. Populations have shifted and some parishes are experiencing more and more empty seats at Masses celebrated on weekends. All of this (and a good deal more) has convinced Bishop Zubik and many members of this Diocesan Church that something has to be done.
After much thought and discussion with numerous consultative bodies, the Bishop announced a plan that would consolidate parishes throughout the Diocese. New parishes would be formed from adjoining existing ones. “Models” were announced that outlined that plan. Our models included: (1) Saint Kilian uniting with Saint Gregory and Holy Sepulcher parishes and (2) Saint Kilian uniting with Saint Alexis and Saint Alphonsus. These models were announced at meetings held in every parish. Parishioners were welcomed to send in comments in writing. Each parish formed an “On Mission Team” which considered these models and made comments. Some parishes suggested alternative models. Saint Kilian Parish submitted a written “commentary” which compiled our thoughts on the positive elements and the concerns of us uniting with every parish adjoining us (Saint Gregory, Holy Sepulcher, Saint Alexis, Saint Alphonsus and Saint Ferdinand).
Most Recent Announcements
In the past few weeks, the Bishop announced new groupings of parishes at regional meetings. These groupings were the result of thousands of pieces of information submitted in various ways. This set of groupings takes the number of parishes from the present 188 to a proposed 49. In the latest plan, Saint Kilian Parish is to be united with Holy Sepulcher Parish in Glade Mills (on Route 8 near its intersection with Route 228). What that merged parish would look like is outlined in the following chart:
|2016 Data||Holy Sepulcher||Saint Kilian||Totals|
|General Population (Actual 2016)||11,029||29,354||40,383|
|General Population (Projected 2021)||11,240||32,035||43,275|
|Church Seating Capacity||700||1,150||1,850|
|October Count (Number Attending)||1,022||3,703||4,725|
|Full Time Lay Ministers||4||4||8|
|Part Time Lay Ministers||0||1||1|
Diocesan Next Steps
- June 8, 2017 - Each parish is expected to provide a summary response to this proposed grouping.
- Summer, 2017 - Bishop Zubik will consult the On Mission Commission and existing Consultative bodies regarding the latest plan of groupings and the responses made by the parishes.
- Spring, 2018 - Bishop Zubik announces the final decisions on parish groupings as well as the priests to be
assigned to each grouping including the pastors.
- Fall, 2018 - Implementation of the announced groupings and clergy begin to take place according to the
Category A: Parishes that come together within one year from the announcement. These are chiefly those already for this action and those facing serious financial or demographic realities.
Category B: Parishes that will come together within one to three years from the announcement. This grouping will include the majority of the parishes to be formed.
Category C: Parishes that will come together within three to five years from the announcement. This smallest of the three categories will include the largest and most complex of our parishes.
Note that the placement of parishes within these categories will be announced at the same time as the groupings and priest’s assignments are announced.“Blueprints” for each of the newly formed parishes will be provided to each of the pastors selected. These blueprints will contain a general overview of what is expected of each pastor and grouping.
Each parish is expected to submit its thoughts on the newest plan. Saint Kilian provided parishioners with two ways to do so by inviting them to attend a summary meeting on May 24 and 25, 2017 and share their thoughts in person (click here to listen to the audio recording of the May 25 meeting) OR by inviting them to submit their thoughts via an online form (this form is available until June 6 by clicking here).
Further information will be posted here as available.