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 West Collingswood and Woodlynne areas of Camden County, New Jersey:

1) to provide more effectively for the pastoral needs of the faithful of the parish of the Church of the Transfiguration in Camden County, New Jersey and the parish of The Immaculate Heart of Mary in 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 experience of the faith communities of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and Transfiguration Parish having been drawn by the Holy Spirit into one Community of Faith; because of the communality of the parish communities of the Church of the Transfiguration, 445 White Horse Pike, West Collingswood and The Immaculate Heart of Mary, 201 Cooper Street, Woodlynne; in response to the request of the pastors of these communities, Reverend Richard J. Lodge (Church of the Transfiguration, West Collingswood) and Reverend Joseph An Nguyen (The Immaculate Heart of Mary, Woodlynne) 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 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 Church of the Transfiguration, 445 White Horse Pike, West Collingswood and The Immaculate Heart of Mary, 201 Cooper Street, Woodlynne and the establishment of Most Precious Blood Parish.

Reverend Joseph An Nguyen will serve as the Pastor of Most Precious Blood Parish for a term of six years commencing on the effective date of this decree.

The parochial church of Most Precious Blood Parish, which retains its proper title and the name the Church of the Transfiguration, is located at 445 White Horse Pike, West Collingswood, New Jersey.

The territorial boundaries of Most Precious Blood Parish will be the same as the combined boundaries of the former parishes of the Church of the Transfiguration and The Immaculate Heart of Mary. The establishment of these parish boundaries is duly recorded at the Chancery Office of the Diocese of Camden, as:

Start at the point Mt. Ephraim Ave intersects the North Branch of the Newton Creek

1. North on Mt. Ephraim Ave to Ferry Ave

2. East on Ferry Ave to Hollowell Ln

3. North on Hollowell Ln to Sayr Ave

4. East on Sayre Ave to Davis St

5. North on Davis St to Copewood St

6. East on Copewood St to the PATCO High Speed Line

7. East along the PATCO High Speed Line to Ferry Ave

8. East on Ferry Ave to Haddon Ave

9. East on Haddon Ave by way of the underpass to Crescent Blvd (US 130)

10. North on Crescent Blvd to the point it intersects the Cooper River

11. East on the Cooper River to the point it intersects the imaginary (straight) line drawn to extend Browning Rd

12. South on the imaginary (straight) line drawn to extend Browning Rd, then Browning Rd, then the imaginary (straight) line drawn to extend Browning Rd to the

point it intersects Newton Lake

13. West along Newton Lake to the Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Line

14. North on the Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Line to the North Branch of the Newton Creek

15. West on the North Branch of the Newton Creek to Mt. Ephraim Ave (point of origin)

Most Precious Blood Parish is established as the territorial parish within the municipal boundaries of the City of Woodlynne and the boundaries of the former Parish of the Transfiguration in West Collingswood; and is also simultaneously established as the personal parish for the Vietnamese Community in the Diocese of Camden, according to the norm of canon 518.

The goods and property of the parishes of the Church of the Transfiguration and of The Immaculate Heart of Mary, including their real estate and buildings, as well as their debts and obligations, shall be assigned to Most Precious Blood 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 Most Precious Blood 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 the Church of the Transfiguration, 445 White Horse Pike, West Collingswood and The Immaculate Heart of Mary, 201 Cooper Street, Woodlynne will be closed and moved to the seat of Most Precious Blood Parish, 445 White Horse Pike, West Collingswood. All sacraments administered from that date forward will be recorded in new sacramental registers of Most Precious Blood Parish.

I approve the statutes of Most Precious Blood Parish as submitted.

As of the effective date of this DECREE, the financial accounts of the Church of the Transfiguration, 445 White Horse Pike, West Collingswood and The Immaculate Heart of Mary, 201 Cooper Street, Woodlynne will have been closed and transferred to the financial account of Most Precious Blood Parish.

As of the effective date of this DECREE, the Church of the Transfiguration, 445 White Horse Pike, West Collingswood and The Immaculate Heart of Mary, 201 Cooper Street, Woodlynne will be civilly consolidated under the laws of the State of New Jersey as Most Precious Blood Parish, West Collingswood, N.J.

This DECREE becomes effective on December 7, 2011.

I instruct that this DECREE be communicated immediately to the parishioners of Most Precious Blood Parish by Reverend Joseph An Nguyen 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 4th day of November 2011, at the Diocesan Center.

Joseph A. Galante

Bishop of Camden

In cujus fidem…

Robert E. Hughes

Chancellor

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