SUPPRESSING SAINT JEAN THE BAPTISTE PARISH IN WARREN, RHODE ISLAND AND UNIFYING IT WITH ST. MARY OF THE BAY PARISH IN WARREN, RHODE ISLAND
Saint Jean the Baptiste Parish has served the Catholic faithful of Warren since 1877. During that time, many people have heard the Word of God, have worshiped and received the sacraments of the Church in this parish. Now, in an effort to strengthen the preaching of the Gospel and to ensure the vitality of parish life, with concern for the best stewardship of resources and the right of the
people of God to receive assistance from the Church, especially the Word of God, spiritual sustenance, the sacraments, and the continuation of important parochial ministries to the elderly, poor and homeless, it is necessary to make new provisions for the spiritual care of the parishioners of this parish.
To that end, having asked parishioners to make known their needs and desires, having received the recommendations of the Parish Councils and Finance Councils of Saint Jean the Baptiste Parish in Warren and St. Mary of the Bay Parish in Warren, after consultation with the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Providence, and in accord with canon 515 §2 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, I hereby:
1. Suppress Saint Jean the Baptiste Parish in Warren, Rhode Island and unite it with St. Mary of the Bay Parish in Warren, Rhode Island to form one territorial parish. The suppression and unification shall take effect at midnight on July 1, 2010. This unified parish shall include the membership of the present St. Mary of the Bay Parish and the former Saint Jean the Baptiste Parish, and the current St. Mary of the Bay Church edifice shall be the primary place of worship for the unified parish community. St. Jean the Baptiste will remain open for liturgical use and serve a mission of St. Mary of the Bay Parish.
2. Establish that the name of the present St. Mary of the Bay Parish shall remain unchanged, and the names of the current St. Mary of the Bay Church and St. Jean the Baptiste Church building shall remain unchanged.
This decision is based upon a number of components, including the proximity of the worshiping communities and the churches, the size of the parishes, the desire to avoid duplication of services and programs in a small geographic area, the fostering of unity, the enhancement of collaborative ministry, and the best use of available priest personnel.
All parish registers containing the records of Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Marriage, and deaths of Saint Jean the Baptiste Parish shall be transferred to the present St. Mary of the Bay Parish where they will be faithfully preserved in accord with canon 535, §§1-5. In accordance to the norm of canon 121, all assets, whether movable or immovable, and all liabilities of Saint Jean the Baptiste Parish, upon this suppression and union, will become the assets and liabilities of the present St. Mary of the Bay Parish. Furthermore, possession of all ecclesiastical goods and all objects of artistic or historical value belonging to the former Saint Jean the Baptiste Parish shall be transferred to the present St. Mary of the Bay Parish and shall be administered in accordance with canons 1189 and 1292. The unification of Saint Jean the Baptiste Parish and St. Mary of the Bay Parish will suppress and terminate the juridic personality of Saint Jean the Baptiste Parish, which it now possesses by law.
Therefore, Saint Jean the Baptiste Parish shall be no longer the subject in canon law of obligations and rights corresponding to its nature as a juridic person. In addition, said Saint Jean the Baptiste Parish shall be capable no longer of acquiring, retaining, administering, and alienating temporal goods according to the norm of law.
I direct that this decree be given to the pastor of Saint Jean the Baptiste Parish in Warren, Rhode Island, who is the current pastor of St. Mary of the Bay Parish in Warren, Rhode Island, and that this information be communicated at all Masses of obligation on the weekend of Saturday, May 22, 2010 and Sunday, May 23, 2010, the Solemnity of Pentecost.
Given at Providence
The 6th of May, 2010.
Thomas J. Tobin
Bishop of Providence
John J. Darcy