DECREE – For Publication to Each and Everyone

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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 Runnemede area of Camden County, New Jersey:

1) to provide more effectively for the pastoral needs of the faithful of the parish of Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus in Camden County, New Jersey and the parish of Saint Maria Goretti 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 having worked and prayed together and thus being drawn by the Holy Spirit into one community of Faith; because of the communality of the parish communities of Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus, 13 E. Evesham Road, Runnemede and Saint Maria Goretti, 321 Orchard Avenue, Runnemede; in response to the request of the Pastor of these communities, Reverend Raymond P. Gormley 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 Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus Parish, 13 E. Evesham Road, Runnemede and Saint Maria Goretti Parish, 321 Orchard Avenue, Runnemede and the establishment of Holy Child Parish.

Reverend Raymond P. Gormley will serve as the Pastor of Holy Child Parish for a term of six years commencing on the effective date of this decree.

The parochial church of Holy Child Parish, which retains its proper title and the name Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus Church, is located at 13 E. Evesham Road, Runnemede , New Jersey. Saint Maria Goretti 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 Holy Child Parish will be the same as the combined boundaries of the former parishes of Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus and Saint Maria Goretti. The establishment of these parish boundaries is duly recorded at the Chancery Office of the Diocese of Camden, as:

Start at the intersection of Rt 42 and the New Jersey Turnpike near the Camden – Gloucester county line.

1. East on the New Jersey Turnpike to the point it intersects the Runnemede – Barrington corporate line

2. Southeast along the Runnemede – Barrington corporate line to the point it intersects Davis Rd

3. Northeast on Davis Rd to the point it intersects the Runnemede – Magnolia corporate line

4. South along the Runnemede – Magnolia corporate line to the point where it meets Otter Branch Creek at Evesham Rd

5. South along Otter Branch Creek to Gravelly Run

6. East along Gravelly Run to the point it intersects the Glendora – Somerdale corporate line

7. South along the Glendora – Somerdale corporate line to the point it intersects Somerdale Rd

8. West on Somerdale Rd to Orchard Ave

9. South on Orchard Ave then continue along an imaginary (straight) line drawn to extend Orchard Ave to the point it intersects Signey Run

10. West along Signey Run to the North Branch of Big Timber Creek

11. Northwest along the North Branch of the Big Timber Creek to the Big Timber Creek, which is also the Camden – Gloucester county line

12. North along the Big Timber Creek to the point it intersects the New Jersey Turnpike

13. East on the New Jersey Turnpike to Rt 42(point of origin)

The goods and property of the parishes of Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus and of Saint Maria Goretti, including their real estate and buildings, as well as their debts and obligations, shall be assigned to Holy Child 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 Holy Child 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 Teresa of the Infant Jesus, 13 E. Evesham Road, Runnemede and Saint Maria Goretti, 321 Orchard Avenue, Runnemede will be closed and moved to the seat of Holy Child Parish, 13 E. Evesham Road, Runnemede. All sacraments administered from that date forward will be recorded in new sacramental registers of Holy Child Parish.

I approve the statutes of Holy Child Parish as submitted.

As of the effective date of this DECREE, the financial accounts of Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus, 13 E. Evesham Road, Runnemede and Saint Maria Goretti, 321 Orchard Avenue, Runnemede will have been closed and will be transferred to the financial account of Holy Child Parish.

As of the effective date of this DECREE, Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus, 13 E. Evesham Road, Runnemede and Saint Maria Goretti, 321 Orchard Avenue, Runnemede will be civilly consolidated under the laws of the State of New Jersey as Holy Child Parish, Runnemede, N.J.

This DECREE becomes effective on September 22, 2010.

I instruct that this DECREE be communicated immediately to the parishioners of Holy Child Parish by Reverend Raymond P. Gormley 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 20th day of August 2010, at the Diocesan Center.

Joseph A. Galante

Bishop of Camden

In cujus fidem…

David J. Klein

Chancellor