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Report: Wyandotte Catholic Churches to Close

St. Elizabeth is expected to close next year. Other Wyandotte parishes are set to merge.

Changes are expected to be on the horizon for Catholic parishes in Wyandotte in light of recommendations presented to Archbishop Allen Vigneron on Wednesday.

A report from the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council will be reviewed by the archbishop, who is expected to release an archdiocesan-wide plan in February.

This comes in light of the Archdiocese of Detroit’s proposed realignment of 270 parishes across six counties in southeast Michigan.

It is recommended that , and develop a two-phase merger plan where St. Elizabeth and St. Joseph would merge in 2012 and operate solely out of St. Joseph. By 2013, the new St. Joseph parish would consider merging with St. Patrick to create a new parish.

St. Joseph addressed the issue on the parish’s Facebook page: “We ask for your prayers to deliver us and the parishioners of St. Elizabeth's from the terrible situation they and we have been put into. There will be more meetings … into the future to hopefully make it possible for St. E's to continue on their road to a merger with St. Joe's. This is not St. E's nor our fault. Let us pray for deliverance from our obstacles.”

The pastoral council also recommends that and merge within three to five years. It wasn't announced which parish would remain open.

“Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Stanislaus Kostka should begin in early 2012 to develop plans to merge upon the retirement or reassignment of the pastor if a replacement is not available, or when one of the parishes begins to experience a net operating deficit, but no later than June 2016,” the recommendation reads. “The merger plan should be submitted by June 2013.”

The regionwide plan calls for nine parishes to close within five years across southeast Michigan. In addition, 60 parishes are proposed to merge down to 21, resulting in 39 fewer parishes.

Cass Pawlowski December 02, 2011 at 02:07 PM
In quoting the St. Joe's Facebook page, clarification may be needed. The two parishes planned to merge, but found out at the last minute that a merger was not (church) legally possible because the two parishes are not contiguous (touch each other). St. E's will have to close and its assets and boundary divided, not what was planned nor what the two parishes were working toward. This was the impetus for the comment.
Sue Czarnecki December 02, 2011 at 11:08 PM
The Catholic Church is running out of priests? A very simple solution ... admitting women into the priesthood, just like other religions.
LW December 03, 2011 at 02:06 PM
Right Sue. And what about all the deacons who would love to be priests?
dave green December 05, 2011 at 02:04 PM
It's hard to believe what the Catholic community in Wyandotte was like back in the 1950s and 1960s with all of these vibrant churches having bursting Catholic grade schools and, of course, with St. Patrick and Mt. Carmel also having Catholic high schools.
Michelle Dainus December 05, 2011 at 04:23 PM
It's sad to see this happening, but the Church as an institution only has itself to blame. I was raised Catholic, and even went to Catholic schools for 10 years, but after being indoctrinated for so long I turned away because I found it completely hypocritical.
Jennifer Neimann January 03, 2012 at 07:42 PM
We should pray for these churches that God's will not our own is done for His Holy Church. We have to trust in God's plan fully if we put ourselves in with resentment, or skeptic we leave no room for God's Grace to dwell in us. Give those vulnerabilities up to God, trust that He knows better then we.
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