Thursday, April 23, 2009

St. James Closing

As expected the appeal for St. James was denied. Unless there is some movement by the parishioners for appealing to Rome, St. James will cease to exist by the end of 2010.

Based on what I have seen of the letter the Bishop is basically telling all the members of St. James to move to the remaining parishes of Lakewood.

This is not only a crushing blow the the members of St. James, but it will cause some initial financial hardships to St. Luke's, St. Clements and the merged parish of SS Cyril & Methodious and Rose. The biggest loser in all of this will Lakewood Catholic Academy, they are going to have a difficult time in the near term and to the middling years in overcoming the loss of the second largest contributor to their school.

As I see it, this consolidation of Lakewood Parishes is not complete.