Greece's Holy Name of Jesus Parish is now out of debt - Catholic Courier

Greece’s Holy Name of Jesus Parish is now out of debt

Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Greece is now debt free.

Parishioners celebrated making their last debt payment in December 2009 by presenting a ceremonial check and card to Bishop Matthew H. Clark on Jan. 3, 2010.

Thirty months ago, when Father John Gagnier became pastor at Holy Name, the parish was $180,000 in debt and in danger of closing, the priest said, noting that parishioners were motivated to pay off the debt in hopes of keeping the parish open. In 2009 an East Greece/Charlotte Pastoral Planning Group financial committee had called for the parish to close, but in light of the improvement in the parish’s finances, a planning group steering committee instead decided to recommend leaving the parish open, subject to yearly review.

In addition to receiving the check, Bishop Clark blessed the church’s Stations of the Cross during his visit, which were acquired by the parish through donations from sponsors. The stations previously had hung in the former St. Philip Neri Church and had been on loan to Holy Name of Jesus Parish since 2005 from the former St. Andrew/Annunciation parishes, now Light of Christ Parish in Rochester.

"I believe it’s a pastor’s responsibility to leave a parish in better shape than when he found it," Father Gagnier said.

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