June 27, 2012
Together in Faith Parish Update
St. Genevieve and St. Maurice parishes – Livonia
Following communication and collaboration among the pastor, parish councils, and parishioners of St. Genevieve and St. Maurice parishes in Livonia, the archdiocesan Presbyteral Council recently reviewed and advised to accept Together in Faith pastoral planning actions recommended by these already clustered parishes. Archbishop Vigneron has approved the next steps.
Consistent with the Together in Faith action plan for these parishes, St. Genevieve and St. Maurice will merge effective July 1, 2012. Rev. Howard Vogan, pastor of the two parishes, with parishioner input, submitted several names for the new parish, which Archbishop Vigneron decided will be St. Genevieve – St. Maurice Parish. Father Vogan will remain the pastor.
A parish transition team, comprised of Father Vogan and members of the parish councils and finance councils of St. Genevieve and St. Maurice, reviewed and discussed merger details, arriving at a consensus that the St. Maurice church building and campus will close on June 30, 2012. The territory, assets, and liabilities including facilities and property will be combined. The St. Maurice church and campus will be closed.
A transition Mass at St. Genevieve will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2012, with Rev. Vogan presiding. Rev. Vogan will also preside at a closing Mass at St. Maurice on Saturday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m. A Mass of Unity for parishioners at both parishes will take place at St. Genevieve on Sunday, July 1 at 11:00 a.m. with Bishop Francis Reiss serving as the principal celebrant.
The Together in Faith pastoral plan for these parishes was thoroughly reviewed and discussed at parish council meetings at both parishes. Father Vogan has communicated the merger to parishioners through bulletin articles and pulpit announcements. A combined parish town hall meeting was conducted in May 2012 for parishioners to consider and discuss the merger and the closure of the St. Maurice church. The merger request was announced and discussed without objection at the Northwest Wayne Vicariate Pastoral Council meeting in May.
Archdiocesan Central Services will continue to work with the new parish community and assist with the merger as indicated in the Together in Faith II pastoral plan.