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Wyandotte's St. Elizabeth Parish to Close by June 30

Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Stanislaus Kostka are to develop a plan to merge.

Some Catholic parishes in Wyandotte will be merged and one will be shuttered under a plan announced Monday by Archbishop Allen Vigneron.

According to a report issued by the church:

  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Stanislaus Kostka are to develop a plan to merge. The merger plan is to be submitted no later than June 30. Given the original canonical status of both St. Stanislaus Kostka and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the newly merged parish will be a Polish personal parish.
  • St. Elizabeth, St. Joseph, and St. Patrick are to develop a two-phase merger plan. The first phase calls for St. Elizabeth to merge with St. Joseph, resulting in the closure of St. Elizabeth, no later than June 30. The second phase calls for the new St. Joseph parish to develop a plan to merge with St. Patrick no later than June 30, 2013.

These moves follow the same recommendations made in November by members of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council.

If you are a parishioner at one of the affected churches, let us know what you think of the plan. Leave a comment below or email Wyandotte Patch Editor Jason Alley at jason.alley@patch.com.

Stephanie Keffer February 21, 2012 at 12:32 AM
This is so sad. I really hate to see all these beautiful buildings sitting empty.
Michelle Dainus February 21, 2012 at 05:13 AM
It's sad, but I saw this coming. My parents go To Mt. Carmel, this has been talked about for quite sometime, so they knew it was going to happen soon.
Kim Piesik February 21, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Without more men entering the priesthood, this trend will continue. Fr. Mike Cremin, with the assistance of Fr. Linus Kenyua, has done an amazing job of overseeing 3 parishes (St. Joe's, St. Pat's, and St. Liz's), but the mergers will cut down on some of the administrative work and allow the priests to focus more on spiritual leadership. We are blessed to have the priests that we do. We have to alleviate some of their administrative workload, or we'll burn them out. That would be a real tragedy!

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