A VIBRANT CHURCH
Planning for the future of our Parish
Father Ron Piepmeyer of St. Philip the Apostle Parish and I would like to thank our parishioners who attended the Parish Pastoral Region meeting on March 23, 2015 at Great Wolf Lodge. We would also like to thank Father Len Wenke, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Director of the Department of Pastoral Services, and Bishop Joe Binzer, the Priests’ Personnel Director of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, for meeting with us. There were several important topics brought up at the meeting, including:
• The Archdiocese does not have any plans for any of the parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to close, combine or merge.
• St. Francis de Sales Parish and St. Philip the Apostle Parish will become one “pastoral region” and we will begin to share one pastor later this year effective July 1, 2015.
• Father Bernie Weldishofer will serve as the first pastor of our “pastoral region.”
• This pastoral region planning process is taking place at many other parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and more than 100 parishes already share a pastor.
Please visit http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/pastoral-regions/ for more information about the pastoral region planning process in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The video “A Conversation About Change” on this webpage might be especially helpful.
We will continue to keep you updated on the planning that is occurring. In the meantime, we ask you to continue to pray for our parishes as we work to build our future together. Thank you.
Father Bernie Weldishofer