Diocese Of Camden Changes

Intended parish configurations for parish revitalization After prayerful reflection and study, and extensive consultation, and in order to address our pastoral priorities by calling back those who have ... Full Story
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Sally Schulte

Middletown, NJ

#1 Apr 3, 2008
Glad to hear Mater Ecclesia is not closing. It's a very special church to worship God. Our prayers have been answered by God and his Blessed Mother.
rocshirt

United States

#2 Apr 3, 2008
they need to do this with all the little towns too.
i cant wait to live in Maglindendale.
besides God doesnt just hang out in a building his church is the whole universe.
Disappointed Catholic

Marlton, NJ

#3 Apr 3, 2008
I have never been so disappointed with our Church Leader as I am with Bishop Galente. Because He failed to promote the priesthood and failed to properly plan, we the faithful must suffer. I've heard that only 24% of catholics attend sunday mass. There goes the percentage! 24% will look great in about 5 years. The Bishop has forgotten WWJD. There would be no Christianity today if Jesus had folded his tent and quit because he wasn't finding enough disciples. I am ashamed to be a catholic today. The Church is not a business and cannot be treated as such. What a shame!!
Helen McClernan

Lebanon, NJ

#4 Apr 3, 2008
What does a "secondary worship site" mean? What are you doing to our lovely little parish. We need more information!!!
Helen McClernan

Lebanon, NJ

#5 Apr 3, 2008
Shall we forget about our summer BBQ? Our youth group? As I said before, More information
Clayton Catholic

Woodbury, NJ

#6 Apr 3, 2008
If Father Jaromir moves to Nativity from St. Catherine's, it won't be as bad of a transition; however if he doesn't, then under the current circumstances we will perhaps have to find a different way to worship. Our 9 year old son has even commented that he actually listens to the sermon because Fr. Jaromir makes it enjoyable to attend church. This is simply an amazing thing that may have to come to an end. Very sad.
Anne

Elmer, NJ

#7 Apr 3, 2008
I do not agree with this at all. The parish I go to will now become 3 and we will not feel like the commuinity and have the same spirit as before, especially becasue we will never know most of the people attending at the other church we must now go to. Now I will have to drive there instead of walk on a beautiful day. I do not understand how this can be after so many years of operating. Why does religion have to be such big business? Maybe the federal government should give the religious communities and churchas more of a break on taxing.
beckster

Glenmoore, PA

#8 Apr 3, 2008
WHAT A SAD DAY FOR THE CATHOLICS OF THE CAMDEN DIOCESE. MY FAMILY HAS JUST LEARNED THAT OUR CHURCH IS CLOSING. THOUGH NOT A SURPRISE IT IS EXTREMELY PAINFUL TO WATCH A CHURCH THAT MY CHILDREN WERE BAPTIZED AND MADE THEIR COMMUNIONS IN IS CLOSING. IT NOT FAIR BISHOP GALANTE!
Cindy

Royersford, PA

#9 Apr 3, 2008
Didn't the Catholic church just declare pollution as a sin? Now they are forcing people to drive to church instead of walk to the neighborhood mass. Doesn't make sense.
Mary

Mantua, NJ

#10 Apr 3, 2008
First he closes the schools and now the churches......I'm closing my wallet!
bob from bobcat

Blackwood, NJ

#11 Apr 3, 2008
not enogh priests then let them marry or better yet let women becaome priests. unique idea huh. anyhow most of the Masses I attend seem to have many more women than men. and I also think the nuns that taught me through high school influence my spiritual life much more than priests. and another thing is i believe there would be much less sexual scandals. oh my how contreversial
Shocked

Woodbury, NJ

#12 Apr 3, 2008
This is a very sad and unbelievable day. While numbers of those attending may be down as indicated, to coerce and funnel parishioners (and clergy) as if they were nothing more than cattle is completely wrong.

It is important to be reverant of "the times", but the Diocese needs to be reverant and respectful of its clergy and parishioners and the communities they are a part of
Deptford

Louisville, KY

#13 Apr 3, 2008
Mary wrote:
First he closes the schools and now the churches......I'm closing my wallet!
Amen
Honey

AOL

#14 Apr 3, 2008
In Deanery I, it is my intention to:
.... omitted....
Merge St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral (Camden), St. Cecilia (Pennsauken) and St. Veronica (Delair), with the worship site at St. Joseph-Pro Cathedral.

Little Fish Swollowed by BiG FisH who inturn was swollowed by an even BiGgEr FiSh. Going Miss ya St. Cecilia's, your daughter a child of God.

Missy

Since: Apr 08

Blackwood, NJ

#15 Apr 3, 2008
Disappointed Catholic wrote:
I have never been so disappointed with our Church Leader as I am with Bishop Galente. Because He failed to promote the priesthood and failed to properly plan, we the faithful must suffer. I've heard that only 24% of catholics attend sunday mass. There goes the percentage! 24% will look great in about 5 years. The Bishop has forgotten WWJD. There would be no Christianity today if Jesus had folded his tent and quit because he wasn't finding enough disciples. I am ashamed to be a catholic today. The Church is not a business and cannot be treated as such. What a shame!!
A true catholic would never say they are ashamed to be a catholic. Shame on you!
Scott Pierson SR

Blackwood, NJ

#16 Apr 3, 2008
I sent my kids to Our Lady of Grace in Somerdale starting over 9 years ago. My daughter luckily graduated last year. This wouldn't have been possible a couple of years earlier if not for the parents extraordinary fund raising and donation efforts. Then going back on the five year plan the diocese said we were given they told us this year we are merging with two other schools in the area. I think this is a huge disappointment to my son who only a couple of years ago decided to give up a trip to Disney world so we could afford to keep them in the school. It was his choice. After seeing how much his school meant to him we tightened our belts and found away to do both.
Now the diocese has decided to close their church as well. This despite the fact their is seldom any empty parking space anywhere around the church for mass.
I am not Catholic and my wife wasn't when we married. She converted for my children so their wouldn't be any conflicts with the way they are taught and raised. I haven't converted for several reasons. One of which I think too many decisions are being made because of the almighty dollar.
I am sure the diocese will be getting a pretty penny for the closed churches along the White Horse Pike. I'm sure they will send a good chunk of it overseas instead of supporting the youth here in our country. If they keep this up there won't be any future Catholics to keep the Church going because those of us that see what is going on won't encourage them to follow in the Catholic way.
These committees that were formed to advise on the potentialschool closings and now the Parish closings were nothing more than a smoke screen. They knew what they were going to do all along, chase that mighty dollar!!!
Ridiculous

Phoenix, AZ

#17 Apr 4, 2008
Teachninggirl - you sound like we should always do just as the church says, without question or we are bad people? You never question anything? That's a naive way to go through life. You don't think its possible for the Pope and Bishops to make mistakes? They are people, they can be foolish, corrupt, incompetent, etc. Questioning their decisions doesn't make you a bad Catholic or person. In fact, being that narrow minded is what is driving Catholics away. I wonder why church attendance is at 24%? Maybe they should focus on the reasons why attendance is down and try and fix that.
Disappointed Catholic

Trenton, NJ

#18 Apr 4, 2008
teachinggirl wrote:
<quoted text>
A true catholic would never say they are ashamed to be a catholic. Shame on you!
Gee, you are so wonderful, are you the only "True" Catholic.- Spelled "Sheep"
Stacey

Trenton, NJ

#19 Apr 4, 2008
My husband is catholic and we decided to raise our baby catholic and send him to catholic school for his benefit. I have decided to covert. Now the beautiful church across from our home is now going to close which is always crowded, how can this be? Is everything about money in this world. I do not understand how these decisions were made on which church were to close and why?
Former Bellmawrian

Philadelphia, PA

#20 Apr 4, 2008
Bishop Galante may not be my favorite bishop in the world but if I were him I would look into excommunicating 90% of you for stupidity.There are 127 parishes in the diocese,many only have one priest. In ten years there will only be half as many priests in the diocese as there are today.We should all pray and work for vocations but in the short-term he must resolve the problem of staffing parishes.
Secondly,of the 127 parishes about 30 cannot even cover their operating expenses.Too few people are attending mass and donating.Many others are still giving the same two bucks a week they started with in 1960. The next time you see someone put loose change in a collection basket you will see one of the reasons parishes are closing.
How many of those complaining are encouraging vocations in your family. How many are making sacrifical gifts to keep their parish open? If you are sitting around waiting for a boat load of priests to arrive from a foriegn country forget it.If you are spending more on lottery tickets,cable TV and porno then shut up.

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