A blessing or a disaster?
In the Catholic Post, it states the face of the Diocese of Peoria will change July l when the first stage of major parish reorganization resulting from the ongoing “GROWING In Faith Together” takes effect. You have to wonder what is going to happen in the second stage, or the third or fourth stage.
Instead of “GROWING in Faith Together,” I see in many areas parishioners “LOSING their Faith Together.” When I was the ADA director years ago, we had 198 Catholic churches in the Diocese of Peoria; now I find that we have only 158 Catholic churches in the Diocese, and that is not counting the losses when the churches merge.
When I was the ADA director for St. Thomas More in Dalzell, we had 128 families that attended our church. After closing our church and re-opening it a year later, there are not more than 20 families that attend St. Thomas More Catholic Church today. Many families were disheartened because of what happened to our church and quit going to church or went to protestant churches in the area.
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