Three parish mergers are finalized July 1

| July 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Three groups of parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis merged as of July 1.

They are:

  • In northeast Minneapolis, Holy Cross, St. Hedwig, St. Anthony of Padua and St. Clement.
  • In St. Paul, St. John of St. Paul and St. Pascal Baylon.
  • In Goodhue County, Holy Trinity in Goodhue, St. Mary in Bellechester and St. Columbkill in Belle Creek.

Northeast Minneapolis

In northeast Minneapolis, the merged parish is named Holy Cross and Father Glen Jenson, who was previously pastor of three of the four parishes, serves as pastor. Father Earl Simonson, who was pastor of St. Clement, is retiring and will be the merged parish’s pastor emeritus.

The parish offers Masses on three campuses — the Holy Cross, St. Hedwig and St. Clement church buildings — and a new Mass schedule will take effect the weekend of Aug. 17 and 18.

Ministry in the Polish language will continue, including Mass in Polish at the Holy Cross campus.

Catholic Eldercare in Minneapolis has acquired the St. Anthony of Padua church building, where Eldercare residents will continue to have access to Mass.

Effective July 1, the building will serve as the Catholic Eldercare Chapel. It will remain as a site for Mass and serve “as the cornerstone of Catholic Eldercare’s pastoral care program for residents and families,” according to the facility.

Other mergers

In St. Paul, Father Michael Byron, pastor of St. Pascal Baylon, will be the pastor of the merged parish, which will be called St. Pascal Baylon. He has served as pastor of St. Pascal’s since last June. Father George Welzbacher, pastor of St. John of St. Paul since 2006, is retiring.

The three Goodhue County parishes have been clustered for more than a decade. Holy Trinity is the name of the merged parish, although all three sites will be used for worship. Father Paul Kubista is serving as pastor. The previous pastor, Father Bruce Peterson, retired July 1 and is now serving as pastor emeritus.

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