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 Bridgeton, Cedarville, Port Norris, and Rosenhayn areas of Cumberland and Salem Counties, New Jersey:

1) to provide more effectively for the pastoral needs of the faithful of the Church of St. Teresa of Avila, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church and St. Anthony’s Church in Cumberland County, New Jersey and St. Mary’s Church in Cumberland and Salem Counties, 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 belief that the emerging parish is spiritually alive and united in the love of the Lord; because of the communality of the parish communities of the Church of St. Teresa of Avila, 46 Central Avenue, Bridgeton, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 312 Pearl Street North, Bridgeton, Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, 367 Main Street, Cedarville, St. Anthony’s Church, 1560A Main Street, Port Norris, and St. Mary’s Church, 724 Morton Avenue, Rosenhayn; in response to the request of the pastors of these communities, Reverend Ariel Hernandez (St. Teresa of Avila, Bridgeton; Immaculate Conception, Bridgeton; St. Michael, Cedarville and St. Anthony, Port Norris) and Reverend Edward F. Sobolewski (St. Mary, Rosenhayn) 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 Cumberland and Salem Counties, 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 Church of St. Teresa of Avila, 46 Central Avenue, Bridgeton, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 312 Pearl Street North, Bridgeton, Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, 367 Main Street, Cedarville, St. Anthony’s Church, 1560A Main Street, Port Norris, and St. Mary’s Church, 724 Morton Avenue, Rosenhayn; and the establishment of The Parish of the Holy Cross.

Reverend Ariel Hernandez will serve as the Pastor of The Parish of the Holy Cross for a term of six years commencing on the effective date of this decree.

The parochial church of The Parish of the Holy Cross, which retains its proper title and the name St. Teresa of Avila Church, is located at 46 Central Avenue, Bridgeton, New Jersey. The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Bridgeton, Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Cedarville, St. Anthony’s Church, Port Norris, and St. Mary’s Church, Rosenhayn will retain its own proper titles and will be maintained as worship sites to be used by the merged community.

The territorial boundaries of The Parish of the Holy Cross will be the same as the combined boundaries of the former parishes of the Church of St. Teresa of Avila, 46 Central Avenue, Bridgeton, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 312 Pearl Street North, Bridgeton, Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, 367 Main Street, Cedarville, St. Anthony’s Church, 1560A Main Street, Port Norris, and St. Mary’s Church, 724 Morton Avenue, Rosenhayn. The establishment of these parish boundaries is duly recorded at the Chancery Office of the Diocese of Camden, as:

Start at the point where Stow Creek flows into the Delaware River at the Cumberland-Salem county line.

1. North along Stow Creek, which is also the Cumberland – Salem County line, to the point where Jericho Rd crosses Stow Creek

2. North on Jericho Rd to Gravelly Hill Rd

3. North on Gravelly Hill Rd to Rt 49 and Peck’s Corner Rd

4. East on Peck’s Corner Rd, which becomes Deerfield Rd, which becomes Centerton Rd, which finally becomes Almond Rd, to its intersection with the Maurice River

5. South along the Maurice River, which is also the Salem – Cumberland county line, to the point it intersects Sherman Ave

6. West on Sherman Ave to the point it intersects the Lebanon Branch of Mill Creek

7. Southeast along the Lebanon Branch to the Chatfield Branch of Mill Creek

8. West along the Chatfield branch to the point it intersects Sugarman Ave

9. South on Sugarman Ave to Rt 49

10. East on Rt 49 to the point where an imaginary (straight) line drawn to extend Cherry Orchard Rd from the intersection of Cherry Orchard Rd and Rt 698/ Fairton Rd intersects Rt 49

11. South from this point of intersection on Rt 49 to the point of intersection of Rt 698/Fairton Rd and the Millville City limit

12. Southeast on the Millville City limit, which is also becomes Buckshutem Creek, through Laurel Lake to the Maurice River

13. South along the Maurice River to the Muskee Creek

14. East along the Muskee Creek to Rt 47

15. South on Rt 47 to Rt 347

16. Southeast on Rt 347 to Hands Mill Rd

17. Southwest on Hands Mill Rd to Rt 47

18. West on Rt 47 to Moore’s Beach Rd

19. South on Moore’s Beach Rd and the imaginary extension of Moore’s Beach Rd to the point where it intersects the Delaware Bay

20. West, southwest and northwest along the shoreline of the Delaware Bay to the point where Stow Creek flows into the Delaware River at the Cumberland – Salem county line (point of origin)

The goods and property of the parishes of the Church of St. Teresa of Avila, 46 Central Avenue, Bridgeton, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 312 Pearl Street North, Bridgeton, Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, 367 Main Street, Cedarville, St. Anthony’s Church, 1560A Main Street, Port Norris, and St. Mary’s Church, 724 Morton Avenue, Rosenhayn, including their real estate and buildings, as well as their debts and obligations, shall be assigned to The Parish of the Holy Cross. 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 The Parish of the Holy Cross 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 the Church of St. Teresa of Avila, 46 Central Avenue, Bridgeton, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 312 Pearl Street North, Bridgeton, Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, 367 Main Street, Cedarville, St. Anthony’s Church, 1560A Main Street, Port Norris, and St. Mary’s Church, 724 Morton Avenue, Rosenhayn will be closed and moved to the seat of The Parish of the Holy Cross, 46 Central Avenue, Bridgeton. All sacraments administered from that date forward will be recorded in new sacramental registers of The Parish of the Holy Cross.

I approve the statutes of The Parish of the Holy Cross as submitted.

As of the effective date of this DECREE, the financial accounts of the Church of St. Teresa of Avila, 46 Central Avenue, Bridgeton, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 312 Pearl Street North, Bridgeton, Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, 367 Main Street, Cedarville, St. Anthony’s Church, 1560A Main Street, Port Norris, and St. Mary’s Church, 724 Morton Avenue, Rosenhayn will have been closed and transferred to the financial account of The Parish of the Holy Cross.

As of the effective date of this DECREE, the Church of St. Teresa of Avila, 46 Central Avenue, Bridgeton, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 312 Pearl Street North, Bridgeton, Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, 367 Main Street, Cedarville, St. Anthony’s Church, 1560A Main Street, Port Norris, and St. Mary’s Church, 724 Morton Avenue, Rosenhayn will be civilly consolidated under the laws of the State of New Jersey as The Parish of the Holy Cross, Bridgeton, N.J.

This DECREE becomes effective on October 13, 2010.

I instruct that this DECREE be communicated immediately to the parishioners of The Parish of the Holy Cross by Reverend Ariel Hernandez 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 10th day of September 2010, at the Diocesan Center.

Joseph A. Galante

Bishop of Camden

In cujus fidem…

David J. Klein

Chancellor

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