Today’s Hell’s Bible has a story about the decisions Card. Dolan made about parishes that were under consideration for closure or merger.
It seems that Holy Innocents, the only parish in Manhattan to have the Extraordinary Form every day of the week, will for the time being remain open.
Also, St. Michael’s in Hell’s Kitchen, where Fr. Rutler is pastor, will remain open for now. Fr. Rutler is also the administrator of Holy Innocents.
My spies tell me that St. Michael’s might only have a couple more years.
In that same general area of the island, St. John the Baptist will merge with Holy Cross near Times Square.
Changes to parishes go into effect on 15 August 2015.
I am happy that Holy Innocents has receive a stay. It is a spiritual treasure.
I received this from a reader:
Today Father George W. Rutler, announced some good news from the pulpits of his two Manhattan parishes. The historic Church of the Holy Innocents where Father Rutler is Administrator, will remain as it is. In the past year it has been increasingly active and free of debt. Recently there has been widespread interest in the fate of the historic parish. The even more historic Church of Saint Michael, once also considered for closing, has also experienced a growth in membership and in the past year contributions to its support have increased more than 500 %. Cardinal Dolan has decided to “hold in abeyance” a recommended merger of St. Michael’s with another parish and stated in his letter to the parishioners that he intends to monitor its situation “in the month and years ahead” in consideration that the church may eventually be moved to a more central location nearby in the heart of the Hudson Yards area which now is the largest real estate development in the history of the nation. [move the church? Or build a new church?] Father Rutler expressed thanks for the prayerful support of parishioners and visitors at a time when many parishes in the archdiocese are being reconfigured in response to a long period of study in the “Making All Things New” program. A year ago Father Rutler was transferred from the Church of Our Saviour where he had been pastor for twelve years. Originally, that church was once considered for closing but since then it has become internationally known and debt free, [I hear that the black ink line is plummeting like a paralyzed falcon…] with many priestly vocations., gaining Father Rutler the nickname “Father Fixer-Upper.” He asked parishioners to respect the many difficult decisions that the Cardinal has had to make and expressed his wish that the faithful will honor the confidence that archdiocesan officials have placed in them by working harder to spread the Gospel in the great city and archdiocese of New York.