Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

June 6, 2013

Twelve churches will be closing

BATESVILLE — Members of Catholic churches in the Batesville Deanery learned June 6 how their parishes will be restructured.

Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin held a press conference at St. Louis Church, where he announced his decisions that will affect 30 parishes. Many members of those churches were in attendance.

He announced three models for the Catholic communities: Merged or consolidated churches create a new parish configuration which is able to provide many more activities and opportunities than the original ones could have managed on their own. Linked ones are produced when two parishes share a pastoral leader and cooperate in as many ways as possible. Partnerships are created through the use of joint programs, sharing of staff and the use of joint councils, commissions and programs.  

Tobin’s decisions include:

• St. Anne, Hamburg, and St. Mary of the Rock, St. Mary’s, merging into Holy Family, Oldenburg;

• St. Nicholas, Sunman, and St. Anthony, Morris, being linked and partnering with St. Louis, Batesville;

• St. John the Evangelist, Enochsburg, and St. Maurice, St. Maurice, merging and becoming part of a new parish to be established in northern Decatur County and partnering with St. Mary, Greensburg;

• St. John the Baptist, Dover, St. Joseph, St. Leon, St. Martin, Yorkville, and St. Paul, New Alsace, merging to form a new parish;

• Holy Guardian Angels, Cedar Grove, merging into St. Michael, Brookville, and St. Peter, Franklin County, forming a partnership with St. Michael;

• St. Pius, Ripley County, merging into St. Charles Borromeo, Milan, and that church and St. Mary, Aurora, establishing a parnership;

• St. Denis, Jennings County, merging into Immaculate Conception, Millhousen, and  that church partnering with St. Maurice, Napoleon, and St. John the Baptist, Osgood;

• St. Joseph, Shelbyville, and St. Vincent de Paul, Shelby County, being linked;

• St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Bright, and St. Lawrence, Lawrenceburg, establishing a partnership; and

• St. Mary Magdalene, New Marion, merging into Prince of Peace, Madison.

As a result, St. Anne; Holy Guardian Angels; St. Mary of the Rock; St. John the Baptist; St. Joseph; St. Martin; St. Paul; St. Denis; St. Mary Magdalene; St. Pius; St. Maurice, St. Maurice; and St. John the Evangelist will close.

The archbishop noted that anyone who wants to challenge the decree must file a petition within 10 days.

A parishioner from St. Anne’s, Hamburg, tearfully revealed her sorrow with the news that her church was closing. “When I was a young girl, our church burnt down, and 37 years ago a tornado destroyed it .... This is a sad day.”

Tobin pointed out, “Believe me, I understand .... The diocese where my mother lived went through this 10 years ago. The parish where she began worshiping as a young girl, where I celebrated my first Mass and where my father’s funeral was closed. Those tears were reproduced in my family and others. That’s what made me so gun-shy knowing what the pain was .... However, I think this was a respectful process, and I think the archdiocese is going to be healthier, even though that doesn’t take away your pain.”

He explained, “Two years ago, pastoral leaders and lay representatives from the parishes in the Batesville Deanery entered a planning process called Connected in the Spirit ... to discern where God is leading the church in central and southern Indiana and to discuss how the Archdiocese of Indianapolis should change its structures in order to carry out its mission today and in the future.

“Factors, such as demographic shifts in Catholic populations, concentrated density of a parish in a limited geographical area, history of declining Mass attendance and sacramental activity, increasing economic challenges that threaten sustainability, decrease in the availability of clergy to staff parishes and review of facilities have influenced the pastoral plan.”

Afterwards, as attendees left the church, it was very quiet, and some were visibly upset, while others talked in small groups.

For more information on the archbishop’s decree, persons can visit www.archindy.org.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Couple arrested on theft charges

    An Oldenburg couple were arrested by Batesville police in connection with a theft April 14, according to Chief Stan Holt.

    April 15, 2014

  • nws - bv041514 - Helms presentation 1 A shower of praise for Ivy Tech chancellor About 190 laughed during hours of stories about the boisterous James Helms, Ivy Tech Community College Southeast Region chancellor emeritus, during an April 5 retirement dinner at the Batesville Knights of Columbus Hall. A formally dressed Mayor Rick

    April 15, 2014 3 Photos

  • nws - bv041514 - Severe weather speech Weather spotters update their training Naturally, National Weather Service, Wilmington, Ohio, forecaster Andy Hatzos is always thinking about that universal topic. "There's nothing so far tonight, but I'm kind of keeping an eye on it," he told about 70 who attended a severe weather spotte

    April 15, 2014 3 Photos

  • Security measures added at SDCSC ST. LEON - Tom Harris, Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corp. support services director, gave trustees an update April 10 on the safety and security measures being added in the district. "Every school now has a sensor on the exterior doors, and we

    April 15, 2014

  • 'School safety is more than an active shooter' OSGOOD - A stabbing at a Pennsylvania high school that injured 22 is one of the most recent examples of school violence. Officials are constantly doing what they can to create a safe environment for the children. On April 3, school administrators,

    April 15, 2014

  • nws - bv041114 - Heart health speaker Doctor offers ideas to keep heart healthy

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv041114 - Prevent child abuse (pinwheels 2) Involvement can lessen child abuse VERSAILLES - Exactly when Gov. Mike Pence was leading a similar event in Indianapolis, Michelle Russell, Indiana Department of Child Services Ripley County director, welcomed 60 attendees to "this most critical cause," a National Child Abuse Preventi

    April 11, 2014 4 Photos

  • nws - bv041114 - virtus Hill-Rom acquires Virtus After buying Virtus products for 21 years - and for the past 16 years from its Batesville-based location - Hill-Rom leaders decided to acquire the supplier, reported Larry Baumann, Hill-Rom, Chicago, global communications executive director. Financia

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Most area teachers rated as effective The Indiana Department of Education released educator effectiveness data (please see box) for the 2012-13 school year April 7, the first time such data has been gathered in Hoosier history. "The data show that over 87 percent of public school educato

    April 11, 2014

  • Dramann will assume Oldenburg marshal duties Oldenburg will have a new town marshal beginning June 1. With the upcoming May 31 retirement of Marshal Scott Barnhorst, council members decided April 7 to hire Bill Dramann to fill the position. They also agreed to keep Eric Moenter on as deputy. De

    April 11, 2014

Featured Ads
AP Video
Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge US Supports Ukraine's Efforts to Calm Tensions Suspect in Kansas Shootings Faces Murder Charges Ukraine: Military Recaptures Eastern Airport Raw: Storm Topples RVs Near Miss. Gulf Coast NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse Pistorius Cries During Final Cross-Examination The Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later Michael Phelps Set to Come Out of Retirement First Women Move to Army Platoon Artillery Jobs Sex Offenders Charged in Serial Killings Police: Woman Stored Dead Babies in Garage OC Serial Murder Suspects May Have More Victims Family: 2 Shot in Head at Kan. Jewish Center Raw: Horse Jumping Inspires 'Bunny Hop' After Attack, Officials Kill 5 Bears in Florida Popular Science Honors Year's Top Inventions ND Oil Boom Attracting Drug Traffickers
Photo Gallery


Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Facebook