Instead of Giroux attending four financial meetings, he can attend one.
“The churches elect people to be on the council,” Votraw said. “It’s just like a marriage. They have to own their part. They have chosen to go with this new entity. They chose that name for the whole entity. So now, even though the four parishes by law become one and become the parish of St. Andre Bessette, church law requires that each church must keep the same name that they’ve had. We call them worship sites with the names they have kept all along so they don’t lose that sense of who they are.”
Each merger was requested by the churches involved.
“It’s exciting,” Votraw said. “It’s very efficient in keeping things streamlined and sharing concerns. You’re all in it together in every sense of the word. All the parishes that have merged previously to this one, they have all made the request themselves. It was not imposed by the diocese. This is what they wanted to do.”
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