Sunday, June 14, 2015

New York Archdiocese Announces Re-configuration of Port Chester Parishes

New York Archdiocese Announces Re-configuration
of Port Chester Parishes

On June 12 the archdiocese of New York made a long-awaited announcement concerning the new configuration of the parishes that serve the Catholic population of the village of Port Chester, N.Y.

The re-alignment in Port Chester was the last piece in the Making All Things New process underway in the archdiocese for several years, involving parish, regional, and archdiocesan discussion and planning. About 80 parishes in the archdiocese have been affected by various forms of closure or merger.

Corpus Christi Church, with the two-parish school adjacent to it
The archdiocese announced that the parish mergers in Port Chester will take place in two phases. In the first, on August 1, 2015, Corpus Christi and Our Lady of the Rosary parishes—the two in the village long staffed by the Salesians—will merge, with Corpus Christi designated as the main parish church and Our Lady of the Rosary continuing to be used for Masses and sacraments. On the same date the other two parishes in the village, Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady of Mercy, will merge, with Our Lady of Mercy designated as the main parish church, and Sacred Heart of Jesus remaining a church that may be used on special occasions but no longer on a regular basis.

Our Lady of the Rosary Church,
better known as Holy Rosary
The second phase will go into effect on August 1, 2017, when, with the cooperation of the Salesians, the parishes of Corpus Christi-Our Lady of the Rosary, and Our Lady of Mercy-Sacred Heart of Jesus, will merge, with Our Lady of Mercy designated as the parish church.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, thanked the people of Port Chester for their patient cooperation in this process, and the Salesians for undertaking an expanded pastoral work, saying “I am grateful to the parishioners of Port Chester who provided me with their thoughtful input on how the Church could best serve the religious and spiritual needs of the people. Great appreciation must also be expressed to the Salesians, who are known for [their] work in evangelization, particularly among young people, in taking responsibility for this new parish structure. I am confident that this will lead to an active and vibrant Catholic community in Port Chester!”

As of this writing, no announcement has been made concerning a new pastor for Corpus Christi-Holy Rosary Parish, or a new director for the Salesian community of Port Chester. Fr. Tim Zak, who has filled both roles for the last year, has been assigned to the provincial residence in New Rochelle, where he will serve as vice provincial.

Don Bosco Community Center, adjacent to Holy Rosary's parish offices
The announcement does not immediately affect Corpus Christi-Holy Rosary School, which is administered by the Salesian Sisters, or the Don Bosco Community Center.

Corpus Christi-Holy Rosary parochial school

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