Join Our Rally on Thursday, March 20

we need you finalIf you are here, you want to know more about our rally on Thursday, March 20 in front of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to ask Archbishop Chaput to “Redo the Parish Area Pastoral Planning Initiative”! We believe this is the only way to reach a fair and just apportioning of the resources for all the people of the Archdiocese. some parishes had to close but what and how that happens should truly involve all the parishioners. Please join to add your voice to our cause! Please bring a friend or two!

Our “Call to Action” Ad in The Metro (Page 8)

There will be an information table set up starting at 10:00 AM with a 12 Noon Rally at 222 N. 17th Street, the Archdiocesan Office Building. If you cannot join us, please call 215.587.3600 between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM. Ask for Archbishop Chaput. If he is not available, please leave a polite message asking him to “Redo the Parish Area Pastoral Planning Initiative”. Please remember to thank whoever takes your message.

Map of Area around Archdiocesan Office Building

We suggest that you use SEPTA if at all possible. There is limited parking at meters all around the area. The meters accept quarters and debit/credit cards. The cost is $1.00 per hour. (Handicapped placards and licenses get a free extra hour.) There is a parking garage at the Sheraton hotel – $14 – accessible from 17th St. or 16th St.

 Drop Off Zone                                                                                                                        For those who need to drop people off, there is a “Loading Zone” area in front of the Archdiocesan Office Building.

Handicapped or Disabled Access                                                                          Please feel free to bring a folding or lawn chair if you need to sit.

Questions or Need More Information                                                         Please email Pat Smiley, Organizer, at or call 215.520.5616

Thank you! God bless you! See you on Thursday!







Redo the Parish Area Pastoral Planning Initiative

“Spring” Into Action to “Redo the Area Pastoral Planning Process”!

The Parish Area Pastoral Planning Initiative began in 2010 with  “a pastoral letter from the Fall of 2010 which called on all parishes in the Archdiocese to determine if they possess the resources necessary to accomplish their roles in the mission of Christ while remaining sustainable and vibrant faith communities”. It continued in 2013 with an announcement from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that 46 parishes would undergo this study.  St. Joachim in Frankford was among them. We maintain that this process is severely and systemically flawed because:

  • It began with a premise that a certain number of churches had to be closed rather than what could be done to bolster them or at least ask new questions and try new ideas;
  • Some pastors involved their parishioners while others felt it was a “secret” process not to be discussed;
  • Some of the representatives on the Parish and Finance Councils are handpicked by the pastors because they totally and fully agree with them, thus leaving out all points of view;
  • Surveys were only distributed at the pastor’s discretion with no hierarchical oversight to see that it was in fact done;
  • Possible conflicts of interest if pastors and deans stood to gain by churches closing;
  • There were no meetings with some Parish and Finance Councils as proposed in the process;
  • This process did not allow for full participation by each parishioner even to ask them about their ideas or possibilities of willingly merging with other parishes rather than be closed;
  • The stated purpose of this planning process was for the “salvation of souls” and it failed as many “souls” are now lost and looking elsewhere for a spiritual home; and
  • Some communities (as Frankford) were left without any Catholic church after 160+ years of the faithful being faithful to their God and church.

While Vatican appeals were able to be filed, many do not have the resources to be able to do that. We know that churches had to be closed as for many years we were blessed with an abundance of them geographically close.

But such things cannot be dictated or done expecting that the people will just “accept” these decisions as being final – when they were never involved.

In June, 2013, 24 parishes were closed or merged.  More closures are expected this spring. It’s time for Philly Catholics to make their voices heard for the good of our faith.


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