CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – On Sunday, the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown announced the closure of two Campbell churches in November.
Saint Lucia Church and Saint Joseph the Provider Church in Campbell will be closed as of November 28. The Saint John the Baptist campus will be the only place of worship in the parish, said Reverend David J. Bonnar, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, in a Release statement.
A closing mass will be scheduled in the two closing churches in November.
The Palermo Banquet Center will remain open for the time being in order to allow the continuation of the fellowship and as a potential source of income for the parish.
The decision to choose the Saint-Jean-Baptiste campus was recommended to Bishop Bonnar in a letter from Rev. James Korda on August 29.
“Parishes that were very vibrant at one time are not so strong anymore and the need to bring people together so that they can form a stronger parish together has been a very important prayer and study over the past 30 years,” said Monsignor. Robert Siffrin.
Father Korda was appointed special administrator of Christ the Good Shepherd in June. His responsibilities include working with parish councils to assess and strengthen the viability of the parish in the face of a debt of nearly $ 850,000, the statement said.
Father Korda and members of the council were also tasked with implementing the 2019 Pastoral Plan promulgated by the late Bishop George V. Murry, SJ, which provided for a worship site for Campbell. This decision had already been recommended by the parish leaders.
“It is imperative that this matter be resolved for the good of the Church and that a Catholic community continue to exist in the town of Campbell. As your bishop, I am committed to the parish of Christ the Good Shepherd; However, we must live in reality and accept the fact that there can only be one place of worship, ”Bishop Bonnar said in a statement. “I am grateful to Father Korda and all of the council members for the recommendation and their hard work. “
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