By their fruits…
From this story at volksfreund.de It looks as if the German Diocese of Trier will reduce the number of parishes from 887 to 35.
Dear readers, parishes are not the sole responsibility of bishops and priests. They are your responsibility too.
Parishes need priests. Do you pray for vocations to the priesthood? Do you support seminarians and seminaries? Do you ask for vocations from your own homes and speak in a positive way about the priesthood?
Parishes have bills. If you want a parish, you have to pay the bills. The bills don’t pay themselves. Magic wands don’t create money from thin air. You have to be involved with “time, treasure and talent”.
Finally, always always always resist with clarity and perseverance the liberal agendas which turn dioceses and parishes into wastelands.
From my email…
On May 9, 2017, Mark de Vries wrote that there were only 4 priestly ordinations in this large, 46 arch/diocese territory so far:
“The past few weeks have again seen a number of ordinations of new deacons and priests in the dioceses of northwestern Europe. 24 of them, in 13 (arch)dioceses, to be exact. In total, the area in question (the countries of Germany, the Netherlands, the Flemish part of Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland) is covered by 46 dioceses or similar circumscriptions, which means that 33 of them had no deacons (permanent or transitional) or priests to ordain on or around Vocations Sunday. Of the newly ordained, 6 are permanent deacons, 14 are transitional deacons and 4 are priests.” (https://incaelo.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/new-deacons-and-a-few-priests-for-northwestern-europe/)
To the best of my ability to determine at the moment, below are the numbers from 16 dioceses out of the 46 — 16 dioceses with approximately 40 new priests ordained or about to be ordained — with the other 30 dioceses of the 46 arch/dioceses not reporting any prebyteral ordinations this far into “ordination season,” which is winding down (there may yet be priestly ordinations in the fall, but that is not typical — most presbyteral ordinations remain May-June-July). (This number also does not reflect transitional diaconate ordinations, which would indicate the numbers of new priests for next year).
Meanwhile, in the Archdiocese of Hartford, via CNA:
Hartford, Conn., Jun 15, 2017 / 06:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Important decisions loom ahead as the Archdiocese of Hartford preps its reorganization plan, a reconstruction and consolidation of parishes throughout much of Connecticut.
Under the new plan, 144 parishes in the archdiocese will be merged into 59 new parishes. Each new church community will be made up of two to six old parishes.
The reorganization, which will officially begin on June 29, will cut the number of parishes nearly in half, from 212 to 127.
Only 68 parishes will go untouched in the reorganization.
Saint Margaret of Scotland in Waterbury is the only church scheduled to be deconsecrated thus far, with no announcement from the archdiocese as to what will happen with the building itself. Additionally, 26 church buildings will close, and will not hold regularly scheduled Mass times.
Is there an answer? How about implementing Summorum Pontificum? How about taking Card. Sarah’s advice and returning to ad orientem worship?
As I have said a zillion times, no initiative we undertake as a Church will succeed unless we revitalize our sacred liturgical worship.