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February 14, 2017
This past weekend at all of our masses, I explained to you the plans which are underway by the Archdiocese for the reorganization of our parishes in our three archdiocesan counties of Litchfield, Hartford and New Haven. Recently, the priests of the Farmington Deanery were presented with a proposed plan of the organization for discussion. The priests from the other areas were presented with the same plan.
Our Farmington Valley priests will come together once more in a meeting on Friday March 3 with the priests from Bristol and Plainville to discuss this plan and to offer their final input and observations on the proposal. Subsequent to this meeting each parish in this area will be asked to send four lay representatives to another meeting to get their reaction and any suggestions they may have regarding this proposed reorganization. After input from these two groups, the plan will be finalized and made public this Fall. Implementation will then begin.
For us, one of the important points in this plan of the reorganization is the proposal that our parish remain a stand-alone parish. This means it will not be joined with any other parish in this reorganization. However, this proposal of St. Patrick to remain a stand-alone parish requires us to take those important steps necessary to make sure that we will be a vibrant parish in the future. This means adjustment to our structures since they are not adequately serving us even now. What that will be has not been finalized. This means that all the discussions about adjustments to our church building over the past 35 years must now come to a conclusion. The Archbishop has determined that St. Patrick can be a stand-alone parish, but we must make those changes necessary to meet the needs of a 21st century parish. This requires us to move ahead on our church addition.
I have received permission from the Chancery to hire an architectural firm and to hire a fundraiser to accomplish this goal. Any addition will require active financial support from you our parishioners. Generations ago, the people of St. Patrick parish sacrificed to build our present church and it has served our community well. Now we must sacrifice for future generations to provide the parish structures necessary to serve a parish in the 21st century.
I shall keep you informed as to the progress of this effort. I know that it will be a challenging task for all of us. I asked for your strong support. I am confident I can count on you.