This letter is to enlighten people regarding the proposed merger of Immaculate Conception Church and St. Aloysius parishes.
1. A proposed Parish Draft was issued on Feb. 24, 2010. One month later an insert in the Exponent stated that worship site or sites to be determined. The Parish Draft was never made public. How can objections be made when it was never made public? Bishop Murry and Rev. Shori, director of Parish Plan Implementation, repeatedly stated that letters were mailed to every parishioner. Beverly Hentzell received a letter from the Bishop dated June 15, 2011, stating "There was no letter." A member of Immaculate Conception Church who attended deanery meetings related that it was originally to be one parish and two worship sites. We thought there was still hope. At some point it got changed to one worship site and one priest.
2. The Diocese believes that since Father Peter Haladej is administrator of both parishes the financial obligation should be shared between both parishes. Because Father Peter decided to live at St. Al's we should not have had to pay any of the $91,086.77 remodeling expenses. When the remodel was completed we had not yet been merged. At the time of this writing we are still not merged.
3. At one time Immaculate Conception had many ministries including dinners to feed the needy, a choir and music ministry, Vacation Bible School, Advent and Lenten family prayer celebrations, rosary said before masses throughout October and May, weekday masses, a youth ministry program, a CCD program that was well attended, and an RCIA program in place. These ministries were taken away and moved to St. Al's.
4. It's been said that St. Aloysius School has become self-sufficient, financially, and needs no monetary support from the parish. We have come to find out through an alumni newsletter that by the end of June 2011, there will be a projected deficit of $48,000. Does this appear that the school has become self-sufficient?
5. A vote was taken in March 2011, of the combined parish counsels (18 people) along with the Transition Team (10 people.) The vote was 27-to-1 to close Immaculate Conception Church as a worship site. The deck was stacked against us due to the fact that nine people were from St. Al's Counsel and some members of the Transition Team are employed by the school or parish. Employees should have been excluded from voting due to a conflict of interest.
Contrary to Father Shori's statement "there are a few people upset (about the merger), but the large majority is pretty resigned. They're ready to move on." We wish to clarify that our "Committee to Save Immaculate Conception Church" is composed of many and still growing.
Thomas F. Brophey