DECREE – For Publication to Each and Everyone

Greetings In The Lord

Among the most important responsibilities of the Bishop’s pastoral office is assurance that there is suitable provision of divine worship and Catholic community life for Christ’s faithful people who are committed to his care. At the same time the pastor of each parish needs to be able to satisfy without undue difficulty the parochial responsibilities assigned to him by his Bishop.

The following just causes support the establishment of a consolidated parish in the Hammonton area of Atlantic County and Camden County, New Jersey:

1) to provide more effectively for the pastoral needs of the faithful of the parish of Saint Joseph in Atlantic County and Camden County, New Jersey; the parish of Saint Martin dePorres in Atlantic County and the parish of Saint Anthony of Padua in Atlantic County and Camden County, New Jersey;

2) to assure the vitality of parish life in this area;

3) to provide for a better stewardship of resources; and,

4) to provide for the optimum use of clergy, religious, and lay personnel.

For the reasons listed above as well as the history of these communities that began as one parish community and are now to be united once again; because of the communality of the parish communities of Saint Joseph, 220 Third Street, Hammonton; Saint Martin dePorres, 129 Park Avenue, Hammonton and Saint Anthony of Padua, 285 Route 206, Hammonton; in response to the request of the pastor of these communities, Reverend Thomas S. Donio, to unite these parishes; the favorable advice of the local Vicar Forane; and having listened to the opinions of the Presbyteral Council about the needs of the Catholic Faithful in this area of Atlantic County and Camden County, I have determined that the pastoral care of these communities will be fostered best by consolidating these individual communities and uniting them as one new parish.

Accordingly, in virtue of the prescripts of canon 121 and canon 515, §1 of the Code of Canon Law, in order to provide more effectively for the spiritual welfare and the salvation of souls, having judged that sufficiently just causes are present, and having consulted the Presbyteral Council in accord with canon 515, §2, I hereby DECREE, ANNOUNCE and PUBLISH:

The merger of the parishes of Saint Joseph, 220 Third Street, Hammonton; Saint Martin dePorres, 129 Park Avenue, Hammonton and Saint Anthony of Padua, 285 Route 206, Hammonton and the establishment of Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Parish.

Reverend Thomas S. Donio will serve as the Pastor of Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Parish for a term of six years commencing on the effective date of this decree.

The parochial church of Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Parish, which retains its proper title and the name Saint Joseph Church, is located at 220 Third Street, Hammonton, New Jersey. Saint Martin dePorres Church will retain its own proper title and will be maintained as a worship site to be used by the merged community. Saint Anthony of Padua Church will retain its own proper title and will be maintained as a worship site to be used by the merged community.

The territorial boundaries of Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Parish will be the same as the combined boundaries of the former parishes of Saint Joseph, Saint Martin dePorres and Saint Anthony of Padua The establishment of these parish boundaries is duly recorded at the Chancery Office of the Diocese of Camden, as:

Start in the northeast corner of Camden County at the intersection of Fleming Pike and the Camden – Burlington County line.

1. South along the Camden – Burlington county line, then continue along the Atlantic – Burlington county line to the point where the Atlantic – Burlington county line intersects Rt 623/ Elwood Rd

2. South on Rt 623/ Elwood Rd to the Hamilton – Mullica township line

3. West on the Hamilton – Mullica township line to Seventh Street

4. Southwest on Seventh Street and an imaginary (straight) line drawn to extend Seventh St to its intersection with the Great Egg Harbor River just south of Penny Pot Lake

5. Northwest along the Great Egg Harbor River to its intersection with Rt 54/Twelfth Street

6. North on Rt 54/Twelfth Street to Rt 561/Mays Landing Road

7. Northwest on Rt 561 to Piney Hollow/Albertson Road

8. North on Albertson Road to Hall Street

9. North on Hall Street to Hay Street

10. North on Hay Street to Fleming Pike

11. Northeast on Fleming Pike to its intersection with the Camden – Burlington County line (point of origin)

The goods and property of the parishes of Saint Joseph, of Saint Martin dePorres and of Saint Anthony of Padua, including their real estate and buildings, as well as their debts and obligations, shall be assigned to Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Parish. Further, the voluntary offerings of the faithful, as well as other grants, pledges and gifts which have been or will be made to either of these predecessor parishes will constitute revenue to Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Parish for the benefit of the pastoral life of this community of the faithful as well as the rightful support of those who minister to them.

As of the effective date of this DECREE, the sacramental registers of Saint Joseph, 220 Third Street, Hammonton; Saint Martin dePorres, 129 Park Avenue, Hammonton and Saint Anthony of Padua, 285 Route 206, Hammonton will be closed and moved to the seat of Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Parish. All sacraments administered from that date forward will be recorded in new sacramental registers of Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Parish.

I approve the statutes of Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Parish as submitted.

As of the effective date of this DECREE, the financial accounts of Saint Joseph, 220 Third Street, Hammonton; Saint Martin dePorres, 129 Park Avenue, Hammonton and Saint Anthony of Padua, 285 Route 206, Hammonton will have been closed and will be transferred to the financial account of Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Parish.

As of the effective date of this DECREE, Saint Joseph, 220 Third Street, Hammonton; Saint Martin dePorres, 129 Park Avenue, Hammonton and Saint Anthony of Padua, 285 Route 206, Hammonton will be civilly consolidated under the laws of the State of New Jersey as Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Parish, Hammonton, N.J.

This DECREE becomes effective on June 23, 2010.

I instruct that this DECREE be communicated immediately to the parishioners of Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Parish by Reverend Thomas S. Donio whom I have herein named their Pastor. This DECREE is likewise to be published immediately in the Catholic Star Herald and on the diocesan website.

Given in Camden, on this 21st day of May 2010, at the Diocesan Center.

Joseph A. Galante

Bishop of Camden

In cujus fidem…

David J. Klein

Chancellor

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