Question & Answer Forum for July 20, 2014

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July 12-13, 2014

Question & Answer Forum

This is the first in a series of Q&A about the transition as Holy Name of Jesus parish is merged into St. Charles Borromeo parish. A transition team has been formed to address the many issues attending the transition, and one of its primary objectives is to keep all parishioners well informed. As you have questions, please ask them and everything possible will be done to provide timely answers.

Q. What is the effective date of the merger?
A. The decree merging the two parishes issued by Bishop Matano takes effect on July 14, 2014. As of that date, we will be a single, unified parish under the patronage of St. Charles Borromeo Church. We are also beginning the process to merge the two parish corporations under civil law.

Q. Will there be changes to the Mass schedule?
A. The weekend Mass times will continue as they are until the final Mass is held at Holy Name of Jesus Church. The weekday Masses will continue as they are until Monday, July 28, after which all weekday Masses will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Church. At this time, no changes to the weekend Mass schedule at St. Charles Borromeo Church (Saturday - 4:30 PM and Sunday - 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM) are planned.

Q. When will the final Sunday Mass at Holy Name of Jesus Church be celebrated?
A. The transition team is seeking input and cooperation in honoring the Holy Name of Jesus parishioners’ connections to their parish through ceremonies or events that meet their spiritual and pastoral needs. At some point, most likely to be in September 2014, a final celebration at Holy Name of Jesus Church will be scheduled and held. After this Mass, the Blessed Sacrament will be removed from Holy Name of Jesus Church to St. Charles Borromeo Church and regular Sunday Masses will no longer be celebrated at Holy Name of Jesus Church.

Q. Will Funerals, Weddings, and occasional special Masses continue at Holy Name of Jesus Church?
A. Yes. Current parishioners of Holy Name of Jesus may choose to have these special Masses celebrated in Holy Name of Jesus as long as the church remains open and operational. Starting on July 14, 2014, any arrangements for these Masses at Holy Name of Jesus will be made through the Parish Office at St. Charles Borromeo (663-3230).

Q. Do the Holy Name of Jesus parishioners need to re-register?
A. Yes. The current parishioners at Holy Name of Jesus will need to register at St. Charles Borromeo parish or another diocesan parish. It is hoped that the warm, friendly, and welcoming atmosphere that has been traditional at St. Charles Borromeo parish will encourage most Holy Name of Jesus parishioners to register at St. Charles Borromeo. The transition team is currently working on a registration method that is simple and direct to make this process as easy as possible.

Q. How are sacramental records handled when parishes merge?
A. The sacramental records kept at Holy Name of Jesus will be brought to St. Charles Borromeo parish and maintained by the parish staff. Any sacraments performed after July 14, 2014 will be entered in the St. Charles Borromeo Parish records.

Q. Should parishioners of Holy Name of Jesus continue to participate in Stewardship with their existing envelopes and electronic giving?
A. Until Holy Name of Jesus parishioners register at St. Charles Borromeo parish or another Catholic parish, they should continue their financial giving at Holy Name of Jesus. The merger of the two parishes in no way lessens the financial needs of the newly combined parish or should it change your stewardship commitments. Your faithful and generous financial gifts are appreciated.

Q. Who can I contact if I have questions or concerns?
A. You can contact the parish office at St. Charles Borromeo (663-3230) and while an answer to your question may not be immediately available, an effort will be made to address all questions, either directly or through this Q&A Forum. More information about the implementation of the decisions and how parishioners can volunteer to help with the implementation will be communicated in the near future.

The Transition Team hopes this information has been helpful. We pray for all of the parishioners in hope that the coming transition can be handled smoothly and with grace and that it will result in a stronger, more vibrant faith community gathered at St. Charles Borromeo parish.