Update: April 10, 2016
As we announced in early February, Sacred Heart Parish, Clifton Heights and Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, Drexel Hill, were selected by the Archdiocesan Strategic Planning Committee to take part in area pastoral planning at this time. This is a part of an ongoing process of parish planning within the archdiocese designed to address the shortage of priests available to serve as pastors and to identify parishes whose capacity for mission would be strengthened by working with one or more neighboring parishes.
The pastors and three representatives from Saint Charles Borromeo and Sacred Heart Parishes met over the last several months to formulate a recommendation on how our parishes could collaborate. The models of parish collaboration discussed were: 1) merger – by which two parishes are completely combined into one parish, or 2) partnership – by which the pastoral leadership and administration of the parishes are combined, but they otherwise remain as separate parishes.
The members of the committee agreed that a parish partnership would be the best option for Sacred Heart and Saint Charles Borromeo Parishes. After review by the Archdiocesan Strategic Planning Committee and by the archdiocesan Council of Priests, this proposal was approved by Archbishop Chaput. It will go into effect in June of this year.
It will take some time for all of the elements of the parish partnership to be put into place. In the coming months and years the parishes will be working together to prepare for the change and to formulate plans on the best ways to accomplish our goals. Please keep both parishes in your prayers that we may always look to Jesus as the source of all that we do.
As I noted when this process began, change is never easy, but by working together we can build a more dynamic Catholic presence in our area – one that both respects our great past and is better prepared for challenges and wonderful opportunities of the future.
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Michael W. Rzonca
Update: March 6, 2016
Important Notice Regarding Our Parish
The pastor and three members of each parish comprise the Area Pastoral Planning Committee. This committee has met to discuss the options for parish restructuring that were presented by the Archdiocesan Strategic Planning Committee.
These models of collaboration are merger (by which two parishes are completely combined into one parish) and partnership (by which the pastoral leadership and administration of the parishes are combined, but they otherwise remain separate parishes).
The members of the Committee believe that a parish partnership would be the best option for Sacred Heart Parish and Saint Charles Borromeo Parish. In this Parish Partnership, Sacred Heart Parish and Saint Charles Borromeo Parish are connected in almost all areas of administration and in many pastoral areas the same time they remain canonically and financially independent entities.
Parish Partnerships help address our immediate need to make better use of the limited number of priests we have available to serve as pastors. Parish Partnerships also allow parishes to combine efforts to do the work of the Church more efficiently and effectively. The members of the Area Pastoral Planning Committee will consult with the Parish Finance Council and the Parish Pastoral Council of each parish about this recommendation for a parish partnership.
If you have any concerns about this recommendation, please speak with Fr. Mike. He attends the meetings and knows what has been discussed.
Please check the weekly bulletin for further information as it occurs
Our parish is engaged in Area Pastoral Planning with St. Charles Borromeo in Drexel Hill, PA.
It is important for all parishioners to better understand the two options that the Area Pastoral Planning Committee has been asked to consider. Information concerning mergers and parish partnerships is posted on the Archdiocesan website at – http://archphila.org/features/parish-planning-initiatives/
Please check the weekly bulletin for further information as it occurs.