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North West End Parish—News for Parishioners

The weekends of Sat. and Sun. May 4/5 and May 11/12, at Mass, each of the four churches voted on the name for our new Parish. Ballots were handed out before Mass each weekend. Please mark your ballot and drop it in the box at the back of the Church before or after Mass. 

The new parish name for the four churches is St. Frances & St. Clare.

Moderator Appointed for New Parish

As part of grouping our four Parishes together, in mid-March 2019 Archbishop Mancini announced the appointment of Father Francesco Pirisi of the Franciscans of Halifax (FoH) as the Moderator of our New North-West End Parish effective August 1, 2019. 

Father Francesco has been Parish Administrator at St. Catherine of Siena Parish and St. Theresa’s Parish and a member of the New Parish Interim Transition Team. Fr. Francesco is honoured for the trust placed in him by the Archbishop and is happy about the opportunity of working together for the future of our new parish. After Easter, he will make sure to visit and celebrate Mass with each community.

What is a Moderator?

According to the law of the Church, Can. 517 §1:

“When circumstances require it, the pastoral care of a parish or of different parishes together can be entrusted to several priests in solidum (jointly), with the requirement, however, that in exercising pastoral care one of them must be the moderator, namely, the one who is to direct the joint action and to answer for it to the bishop.”

Within our diocesan plan, a “moderator” is also a priest, deacon or layperson who leads the transformation of a parish under his or her care, with the help of other clergy and lay leaders, towards the goal of becoming communities of missionary disciples.

In other words a moderator is somewhat like a “chief operating officer”.  Father Francesco will for administrative purposes lead our whole Transition Team composed of clergy and lay leaders from each of the four Parishes as follows:

New Parish Transition Team

Moderator – Fr. Francesco Pirisi

Clergy – Fr. Andrew Rembarczyk and Deacon Art Mitchell

Parish Lay Leaders

St Catherine of Sienna – Donna Noddin & Cathy Harris

St. Mother Teresa of Kolkata Parish – Jim Evans, George McCormack, & Susan Sarty

St. Patrick’s – Michele O’Neill, Kevin Moynihan, & David O’Connor

St. Theresa’s – Libby Kinghorne, Michael Butler, & Sr. Rita Hanna

When will the Moderator take on his role?

Archbishop Mancini’s announcement clarifies that as of August 1, 2019 Father Francesco will begin his ministry as a priest-moderator of the four parishes until the new parish becomes operational on January 1, 2020. At that point he will become the new parish administrator.

What will happen to the Current Pastor and Parish Administrator at St. Mother Teresa of Kolkata, St. Patrick’s, St. Catherine of Siena Parish and St. Theresa’s Parish?

Father Andrew Rembarczyk and Deacon Art Mitchell are highly respected and valued clergy who will continue to perform their spiritual responsibilities as pastor of St Mother Teresa of Kolkata Parish and administrator of St Patrick’s Parish. Starting on August 1, 2019, they will assist the Moderator with respect to the ongoing administrative responsibilities of their parishes.  Father Francesco Pirisi will also continue to perform his spiritual responsibilities as administrator of St. Catherine of Siena Parish and St. Theresa’s Parish.  On August 1, 2019 Father Francesco will take on the role of Moderator and will collaboratively with Father Andrew Rembarczyk and Deacon Art Mitchell.

What does the appointment of a Moderator mean to you?

The appointment of a moderator who will also be a pastor/administrator provides certainty to Parishioners that there will be no gap in leadership of the New Parish which is like an umbrella organization over our four communities.  It means that the Transition Team will know who is responsible for setting the direction administratively for the New Parish and the Clergy will know who will address pastoral matters.  Working collaboratively any issues that arise will be able to be addressed to ensure the smooth transition to the New Parish.

How can we welcome to the Moderator?

The appointment of the Moderator is an important step in creating our New Parish.

Let us welcome Father Francesco into our communities with a prayer of gratitude that thanks him for accepting these important responsibilities in service to Jesus Christ and the Church and helping us to share a spiritual home made up of four Christian Communities that will grow, thrive and become stronger together in Halifax.

Let us pray that the Holy Spirit fills Father Francesco with wisdom and grace that helps him in the exercise of his responsibilities to work together collaboratively with us all to build our New Parish.

What should you do if you have any questions about the New Parish?

Questions about the New Parish are welcomed. Please drop a note in the collection basket, telephone or send an email to any of the Parish offices.  Your question will be directed to the Transition Team for a response. (see Contact Information on page 4)

  1. New Parish Name

A name for the New Parish is a priority for the Transition Team.  To date Parishioners in the four Parishes have been canvassed for suggestions as to a name that might be recommended to the Archbishop for the New Parish.  Further work must be done before a short list of names is sent to the Archbishop for his consideration.  You will be kept informed as progress is made on the process for naming the New Parish.

Who makes the Decision for the Name of the New Parish?

The name of the New Parish is decided by the Archbishop.  As Parishioners and the Transition Team, we will provide the Archbishop with a recommendation for the name of the New Parish; however, the Archbishop is the final decision maker and the recommendation may or may not be accepted. 

What will be the name of the New Parish until the Archbishop makes a decision?

On January 1, 2020 the four Parishes will become one Parish under the name of the New Parish.  Until a name is decided by the Archbishop for the New Parish, the informal name will be “North-West End Parish” in recognition of the geographical area of Halifax covered by our four communities.

What will happen to the name of my Parish and Church?

After December 31, 2019 each former parish will be referred to by the name of the Church in which each community meets to worship and serve the Lord within the geographic area of the New Parish.  The identity of the four communities will be respected and maintained by keeping the name of each Church. The following is a possible way of referring to our new name:

North-West End Parish, Community at St. Catherine of Siena Church

North-West End Parish, Community at St. Mother of Kolkata Church

North-West End Parish, Community at St. Patrick’s Church

North-West End Parish, Community at St. Theresa’s Church

Will our Church names disappear?

No, our Church names will not disappear.  Our Church names will live on as an important way of remembering and honouring the dedication and faith of previous generations of Parishioners who built, worshipped and served the Lord at specific Church locations within the area of the New Parish. 

The North-West End Parish will be the umbrella over the four Church Communities to provide administrative and pastoral support to the four Church Communities.

What should you do if you have any questions about the New Parish?

Questions about the New Parish are welcomed. Please drop a note in the collection basket, telephone or send an email to any of the Parish offices.  Your question will be directed to the Transition Team for a response.

Contact Information

St. Catherine of Siena – Pat Belgrave – 902-454-8221(ext 4) office@saintcatherineofsiena.ca

St. Mother Teresa of Kolkata Parish – Cheryl Delaney – 902-454-5835 ext. 201 / motherteresaparish.halifax@gmail.com

St. Patrick’s – Cheryl Delaney – 902-429-1300 / st.pats@ns.sympatico.ca

St. Theresa’s – Pat Belgrave – 902-454-8221 (Ext 4) sttheresachurch@ns.sympatico.ca

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