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We Are One Body; We Are One Church

Sunday, June 15, 2014, David Harris and I just wanted to reach out to others whose parishes suffered St. Joachim’s fate last year. The Holy Spirit literally directed us to Notre Dame De Lourdes in Swarthmore. We were blessed meeting the parishioners who were trying to understand this decision and also grateful to know that other people care about what’s happening to them. Do You Care?

Read the full story here – “Notre Dame ready to carry the cross for parish”.


To Appeal the Closing of Your Church, You Must Act Swiftly

If your church is being closed or merged July 1, 2014, you only have until Friday, June 13, (10 business days) to send “a written petition” signed by 2-3 registered parishioners stating the reasons why you are “aggrieved by the decree” to Archbishop Chaput. We strongly suggest that you mail this at the post office by “certified mail with return receipt requested” and you mail it as soon as possible.

The reason you have several parishioners sign this document isĀ  to keep this appeal active should something happen to one of the signers. In our case, I quickly wrote to Archbishop Chaput so if something happens to me, St. Joachim’s appeal would stop because I was the only one to sign it. So, I do try to take extra good care of myself.

Here is a PDF of the “Recourse Against Administrative Decrees” which is based on Canon law. The Archbishop has 30 days to respond or not and then you begin the formal appeal process. This PDF explains the initial process.

Recourse Against Administrative Decrees_AOP - Recourse Against Administrative Decrees

We can help you. We have been through it – our appeal has reached the doorstep of the Apostolic Signatura (the Vatican Supreme Court). Our canon law consultant, Peter Borre, is willing to assist you initially at no cost to you because he believes, as we do, that closing churches is not the way to balance budgets nor does closing churches provide for adequate pastoral care, much less continue the evangelizing work our Church is called to do.

You may call me or text me at 215.520.5616 or email me at Closed gates and with any questions, concerns or free advice. It’s important for us to unite and to say that not one more church should lock its gates. Let’s work together for good!

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Redo the Parish Area Pastoral Planning Initiative

Rally to Show the Archbishop the Need to Redo the Parish Area Pastoral Planning Initiative!

Please visit often as we are developing our site. Many churches have been closed and will be closed as this Parish Area Pastoral Planning Initiative continues throughout the Archdiocese. We believe it is systemically flawed as it is not equitablly applied nor are parishioners adequately involved in many cases. Please show your support this Thursday, March 20, at 12 Noon in front of the Archdiocesan office building, 222 N. 17th St.! God bless you!PPA rally