I would like to share with you some of what will happen when we link with our neighboring parishes. We will link with Calamine, Truman, Elk Grove, and Seymour. When linking, each church’s councils, finances, records, and all else will stay separate. However, we will share one priest. The linking committees, members from all parishes, have determined and it has been approved by the bishop that the linked parishes will have only an 8:00 p.m. mass on Saturday night. There would be no 5:15 p.m. mass at Holy Rosary, but there would be an 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.
With a decreasing number of masses at each church, parishioners are going to have to rearrange their schedule a bit in order to attend mass each weekend. If they do this, rather than using the excuse that my favorite mass time is being changed so I am not going to mass this weekend, I think people will actually strengthen their faith and the faith of the rest of the parishioners.
When we merge, we all become one parish. We will have a new name. The bishop will choose one from three that we suggest. All the church buildings will stay open as long as it is financially feasible for them to do so.
When possible, we all should try to make members of our linked parishes welcome to our parish and all parish activities. We could also include them in some of our parish activities. This would hopefully make the linking and eventual merging go more smoothly. The bishop is trying to put off the linking and merging as long as possible. When it does take place, we all will need to work together and make some sacrifices so that we all can be one happy parish family.
Parish Council Member