More changes to Boston closing plans

More changes to Boston closing plans



The Archdiocese of Boston announced yesterday that five more parishes slated to be closed will not be, one that is closed will be reopened, and a temporary reprieve was granted to another. Among those parishes not being closed are: St. Mary of the Angels in Roxbury, which was expected because the archdicoese had already suspended the closing; St Peter in South Boston, the only Lithuanian parish in the archdiocese; St. Pius X in Milton; St. Isidore in remote suburb Stow; and Sacred Heart in Watertown, which also had its closing date deferred before.

In Brookline, Infant Jesus-St. Lawrence was closed in October, but has been occupied by protesters since. It will not become a chapel of the other parish in town. St. Susannah in Dedham, whose pastor is the infamous Fr. Stephen Josoma, will stay open at least until 2008, when Josoma’s current term ends.

It appears at first glance that Archbishop O’Malley has decided that it is better to do the easier thing (accede to protest demands) than the hard thing (force out protesters). Perhaps he thought that it is better to keep a marginal parish going for now than to alienate even more Catholics. But what about all those people who dutifully obeyed when their parishes were closed, who didn’t hold sit-ins despite their equal desire to keep their parishes open? What message have they been sent?

This isn’t over either. There are still more parishes on the chopping block and when their number comes up, how do you think they will respond?

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  • I’m actually quite happy about most of these, St. Susannah’s excepted of course. 

    The Archdiocese’s press release is online.

    Only two parishes were actually kept open “permanently”: St. Mary of the Angels and St. Isidore. 

    St. Piux X, Sacred Heart in Watertown, and St. Peter’s Lithuanian are still threatened but do not have closing dates set.  It appears that they may be closed in the medium-term future, but that this will be done outside the Reconfiguration process.

    The remaining 15 parishes (as best I can figure, from the Archdiocese’s website):

    Holy Trinity
    Brockton (1 TBA)
    Charlestown (2 TBA)
    Newton (2 TBA)
    Roxbury (merger)
    Immaculate Conception (Lithuanian), Cambridge
    Sacred Heart, Lexington
    St. Adalbert (Polish?), Hyde Park
    St. Jeremiah, Framingham
    St. Joseph, Woburn
    St. Margaret, Beverly
    St. Michael, Lynn
    St. Thomas the Apostle, Salem

    Except for Holy Trinity, it does seem to be mostly over: 62 closed (80%), 15 closing.