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New diocesan alignment announced by Bishop Murry

Published: Fri, May 28, 2010 @ 10:57 a.m.

Bishop George V. Murry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown is confident that parishioners will accept a diocese reconfiguration plan announced this morning.

“In order to grow, all of us must leave something behind,” he said. “But we are not alone in our journey.”

Bishop Murry said the final plan is very similar to what was released in February.

He said at that time five parishes sent in suggestions, and four of these were incorporated into the final plan. The bishop did not discuss specific changes during a news conference this morning.

He said there will be 87 total parishes once the reconfiguration is complete.

The bishop said the plan should take about two years to implement, though some parishes are ready to begin now.

Columbiana (County) Deanery

Collaborative units:

St. Jude, Columbiana and Our Lady of Lourdes, East Palestine.

St. Paul, Salem and St. Patrick, Leetonia.

St. George, Lisbon; St. Agatha Mission, West Point; St. John, Summitville; St. Philip Neri, Dungannon; and St. Patrick, Salineville.

Merged units:

St. Aloysius and St. Ann, East Liverpool; and Immaculate Conception, Wellsville.

Mahoning North and South Deaneries

Single units: Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Joseph, Austintown; St. Charles, St. Luke and St. Edward, Boardman; St. Michael, Canfield; St. Paul the Apostle, New Middletown; Holy Family, Poland; St. Christine, Youngstown, St. Columba, and St. Brendan Youngstown; and Holy Rosary, Lowellville.

Collaborative unit: St. Dominic and St. Patrick

Merged units:

St. Elizabeth; St. John the Baptist; St. Joseph the Provider; St. Lucy and St. Rose of Lima.

Sts. Cyril & Methodius; Holy Name; and St. Mathias.

St. Casmir, St. Stanislaus and St. Columba

St. Anthony and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

St. Stephen of Hungary; Our Lady of Hungary and Sts. Peter & Paul.

St. Nicholas and Holy Trinity, Struthers. Immaculate Conception and Sacred Heart, Youngstown.

St. Catherine, Lake Milton, and St. James, North Jackson.

Trumbull (County) Deanery

Single units: St. William, Champion; St. Robert, Cortland; St. Patrick, Hubbard; St. Mary and St. Joseph, Newton Falls; Queen of the Holy Rosary, Vienna; Blessed Sacrament, Warren; and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Niles; St. Mary, Warren.

Collaborative units:

St. Stephen, Niles and St. Mary, Mineral Ridge. St. Rose, Girard and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, McDonald.

Merged units: St. Bernadette, Masury and St. Vincent de Paul, Vienna. St. James and Sts. Cyril & Methodius, Warren. St. Pius X, St. Joseph and Christ Our King, Warren.

Source: Youngstown Catholic Diocese


1CCmom(31 comments)posted 6 years ago

What is the status of St. Dominic's and St. Patrick's?

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2msweetwood(179 comments)posted 6 years ago

Thanks for pointing that out. We have updated the list to reflect their status as a "collaborative unit."

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

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3Aware(254 comments)posted 6 years ago

Saint Dom's is untouched and is run by Dominicans. I believe St. Pat's is intact as well. In some instances the parish pastor 'picked' people to be on the committee. Other pastors asked for volunteers. The latter committees were those whose comments and ideas were considered. Many churches had meetings for the parish family as a way to be inclusive - some did not bother. Those parishes which routinely lack communication have already compromised loyality and are the ones which will eventually close. Parishioners will decide on their own where they will go. But for some families, the merging may be of benefit since the 'senior' church will be closer to their residence. I'd be interested in which (one) of the 5 parishes with 'comments' was blown off - and which 4 were considered.

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4Aware(254 comments)posted 6 years ago

I stand corrected - St Dom's and St Pat's are collaborative - I do believe both buildings will remain.

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5tdclac69(14 comments)posted 6 years ago

To "observant1"- I agree with you 100%- this announcement was a total disappointment to those of us who have been in "limbo" for the past 18 month!! We all are well aware that changes have to be made but can someone tell me why we cannot have lay administrators run these parishes so that the priests can do what they were ordained to do- administer to the spiritual needs of our people!

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6pm4384(1 comment)posted 6 years ago

I for one am very unhappy about this. They are going to close down my church, Holy Name, which is probably the most beautiful church in Youngstown. If anyone out there hasn't been there, you need to go, just one time. It will be a very sad thing to close down such a beautiful place. The churches they build today don't even look like churches.

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7Aware(254 comments)posted 6 years ago

To pm - I agree that Holy Name is a wonderful place. For 2 years we have attended Easter Vigil there and it is so personalized and the music is heavenly. We belong elsewhere but truly enjoy the friendliness of Msgr. Polando and the parishioners. We are warmly welcomed there. I feel very sorry for you because as you say, that church's charm and beauty is relatively unmatched. Truly sad. Bless you.

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8Aware(254 comments)posted 6 years ago

jerat..I can assure you that many of these so-called reps do not even have a computer so they are clueless as to the goings on outside their own little worlds. They were the perfect little people to pick since they lack information; which is why things turned out the way they did - sheep. They are the same people who resist ideas of newcomers. BTW, it is equally wrong when an ethnic Parish picks ONLY an ethnic group. The very fact that only 5 (FIVE) groups responded tells me that there is some real lack of knowledge and poor selection of reps going on. And I would bet that the one 'idea' presented which was rejected was submitted by one of these ethnic Parishes. Sad that the pastor did not give more thought to the future. I am noticing it is indeed the ethnic parishes which are for the most part closing or merging. People leave those parishes because they get put off by the lack of Catholic before ethnic. Real sad.

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