October 10, 2010

Prayers for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul-Minneapolis

This is a prayer request for Archbishop Nienstedt, Bishop Piche, all priests in the Archdiocese, the members of the Strategic Planning Task Force and the Catholic Faithful.

A really hard week is ahead. The announcements of the Strategic Planning Task Force are expected to be announced at next weekends Masses (from what I've heard, some may know as early as Wednesday). All priests of the Archdiocese are attending a mandatory meeting on Friday to discuss any changes and the impacts on their ministry.

Fr. John Paul Echert, in his bulletin column for Holy Trinity/St. Augustine in South Saint Paul, believes the Task Force decisions could be the most momentous changes to the Archdiocese since the Diocese of New Ulm was created out of the southern Minnesota Archdiocesan territories.

The announcements are going to be tough on parishioners too but I think the message carriers are going to bear the brunt of the impact; they are going to have to deal with the inevitable pain and anger of the Faithful.

Saint Paul, pray for us!


Blogger Georgette said...

Whoa! sounds ominous! prayers going out for your bishops and his priests. For you too.

October 10, 2010 4:20 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

Fr. Echert certainly knows more than I do, but I am inclined to believe that there will be much clustering and pairing in "phase one" of this plan to be released next Saturday.

But I would be that there will be a "phase two" with rigid economic and democraphic requirements to be met in a few years or so for clustered/paired parishes to stay alive.

Right now in 30% of the Masses said in the 170 parishes in the archdiocese two-thirds of the seats are empty. That's a huge amount of over-capacity.

And people aren't having children that can be expected to fill those vacancies.

October 10, 2010 9:08 PM  
Blogger Adoro said...

Cathy ~ Where did you hear "as early as Wednesday"?

The priests are going to a meeting early Friday afternoon, and that meeting will be done at 3. They will return to their parishes for a meeting with their staff/parish & school employees, and pass the news on to them, first. (After all...it's our heads that are on the chopping block.)

So...other than the committee and leakage, no one is going to know anything until Friday afternoon.

And if someone leaks something ahead of time, they are being unethical and therefore should be held in the highest suspicion.

(What's the quote from scripture....those who are faithful in small things will be faithful in larger...?) Yeah. That would definitely apply here. As well as the converse of the statement.

I won't know anything and as I don't text, I won't be able to send out info until about 4:30 Friday.

Those who text...well, you can look for tweets from them beginning around 3:40 pm on Friday.

October 11, 2010 12:00 AM  
Blogger nazareth priest said...

Be assured of our prayers from here!!

October 11, 2010 10:28 AM  

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