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 Marmora, Woodbine and Goshen areas of Cape May and Cumberland Counties, New Jersey:

1. to provide more effectively for the pastoral needs of the faithful of the parish of the Church of the Resurrection in Cape May County, New Jersey; the parish of St. Casimir’s R.C. Church in Cape May and Cumberland Counties, New Jersey; and of St. Elizabeth’s Church in Cape May 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 recognizing that the Eucharist is the source and summit of our parish identity; because of the communality of the parish communities of the Church of the Resurrection, 200 W. Tuckahoe Road, Marmora and St. Casimir’s R.C. Church, 304 Clay Street, Woodbine with its mission, St. Elizabeth’s Church, 561 Rt. 47 N., Goshen; in response to the request of the pastor of these communities, Reverend Monsignor Peter M. Joyce, 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 Cape May and Cumberland 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 the Resurrection, 200 W. Tuckahoe Road, Marmora and St. Casimir’s R.C. Church, 304 Clay Street, Woodbine with its mission, St. Elizabeth’s Church, 561 Rt. 47 N., Goshen and the establishment of The Parish of St. Maximilian Kolbe.

Reverend Monsignor Peter M. Joyce will serve as the Pastor of The Parish of St. Maximilian Kolbe for a term of six years commencing on the effective date of this decree.

The parochial church of The Parish of St. Maximilian Kolbe, which retains its proper title and the name the Church of the Resurrection, is located at 200 W. Tuckahoe Road, Marmora, New Jersey. St. Casimir’s R.C. Church and St. Elizabeth’s Church will retain their own proper titles and will be maintained as worship sites to be used by the merged community.

The territorial boundaries of The Parish of St. Maximilian Kolbe will be the same as the combined boundaries of the former parishes of the Church of the Resurrection and St. Casimir’s R.C. Church with St. Elizabeth’s Church. The establishment of these parish boundaries is duly recorded at the Chancery Office of the Diocese of Camden, as:

Start at the point where an imaginary (straight) line drawn to extend Moore’s Beach Rd. intersects the Delaware Bay near the Heislerville Wildlife Management area in Cumberland County.

1. North on the imaginary (straight) line drawn to extend Moore’s Beach Rd. then continue on Moore’s Beach Rd. to Rt. 47/ Delsea Drive

2. East on Rt. 47 to Hands Mill Rd. (Co. Rt. 651).

3. Northeast on Hands Mill Rd.(Co. Rt. 651) to Rt. 347

4. Northwest on Rt. 347 to Rt. 47

5. North on Rt. 47 to a dirt roadway approximately 1/10 of a mile south of Muskee Creek connecting Rt. 47 to the sand pits

6. East on this dirt road and its imaginary extension to Weatherby Rd.(Co. Rt. 548) where an imaginary (straight) line drawn to extend the Pennsylvania – Reading Seashore Line (railroad) intersects Weatherby Rd.

7. Northwest along the imaginary (straight) line drawn to extend the Pennsylvania – Reading Seashore Line, then continue along this rail line to the point it intersects Estell Manor Rd.

8. East on Estell Manor Rd. to Rt. 49

9. East on Rt. 49 to the Tuckahoe River

10. East along the Tuckahoe River, which is also the Cape May – Atlantic County line, to the point in the Great Egg Harbor Bay where the Cape May – Atlantic County line meets the Ocean City corporate line

11. South along the Ocean City corporate line through the Great Egg Harbor Bay then continue through Peck’s Bay to Crook Horn Creek

12. South through Crook Horn Creek still following the Ocean City corporate line to Middle Thorofare

13. South through Middle Thorofare and Main Channel following the Inland Waterway to the point in Ludlam Bay where the Inland Waterway intersects the Upper Township line

14. West along the Upper Township line to the point where it intersects the Garden State Parkway

15. South on the center of the Garden State Parkway to the point where an imaginary (straight) line drawn to extend Landing Rd in Clermont intersects the Garden State Parkway

16. West/ southwest on the imaginary (straight) line drawn to extend Landing Rd. then on Landing Rd. to Rt. 9/ Shore Rd.

17. South on Rt. 9 to a point where a side road leads east (Parkway Dr.) just to the north of the Cape May County Park and Zoo (on the west side of Rt. 9)

18. Use an imaginary (straight) line drawn to connect the intersection of Parkway Dr. and Rt. 9 to the point on Dennisville Rd.(Co. Rt. 657) where there is an entrance to Atlantic – Cape Community College approximately 1 mile north of the intersection of Rt. 9 and Dennisville Rd.

The goods and property of the parishes of the Church of the Resurrection and St. Casimir’s R.C. Church with its mission, St. Elizabeth’s Church, including their real estate and buildings, as well as their debts and obligations, shall be assigned to The Parish of St. Maximilian Kolbe. 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 St. Maximilian Kolbe 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 Resurrection, 200 W. Tuckahoe Road, Marmora and St. Casimir’s R.C. Church, 304 Clay Street, Woodbine with its mission, St. Elizabeth’s Church, 561 Rt. 47 N., Goshen will be closed and moved to the seat of The Parish of St. Maximilian Kolbe, 200 W. Tuckahoe Road, Marmora. All sacraments administered from that date forward will be recorded in new sacramental registers of The Parish of St. Maximilian Kolbe.

I approve the statutes of The Parish of St. Maximilian Kolbe as submitted.

As of the effective date of this DECREE, the financial accounts of the Church of the Resurrection, 200 W. Tuckahoe Road, Marmora and St. Casimir’s R.C. Church, 304 Clay Street, Woodbine with its mission, St. Elizabeth’s Church, 561 Rt. 47 N., Goshen will have been closed and transferred to the financial account of The Parish of St. Maximilian Kolbe.

As of the effective date of this DECREE, the Church of the Resurrection, 200 W. Tuckahoe Road, Marmora, St. Casimir’s R.C. Church, 304 Clay Street, Woodbine and St. Elizabeth’s Church, 561 Rt. 47 N., Goshen will be civilly consolidated under the laws of the State of New Jersey as The Parish of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Marmora, N.J.

This DECREE becomes effective on December 14, 2011.

I instruct that this DECREE be communicated immediately to the parishioners of The Parish of St. Maximilian Kolbe by Reverend Monsignor Peter M. Joyce 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 11th 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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