Irondequoit's St. Salome, St. Thomas the Apostle recommended for closure - Catholic Courier
An Irondequoit planning group submitted a recommendation to Bishop Matthew H. Clark to close St. Salome (left) and St. Thomas the Apostle churches.
An Irondequoit planning group submitted a recommendation to Bishop Matthew H. Clark to close St. Salome (left) and St. Thomas the Apostle churches.

Irondequoit’s St. Salome, St. Thomas the Apostle recommended for closure

Representatives of an Irondequoit planning group announced at Masses Jan. 30-31 that they have submitted a recommendation to Bishop Matthew H. Clark to close St. Salome and St. Thomas the Apostle churches and combine the planning group’s remaining churches — St. Margaret Mary, Christ the King and St. Cecilia — into one parish.

The Irondequoit Pastoral Planning Group had approved the closures and consolidation in July 2009 but held off on submitting the recommendation for the bishop’s approval at the request of St. Salome and St. Thomas’ pastoral councils. The two councils had asked for time to present responses and counterproposals to the planning group. According to meeting minutes posted on the planning group’s Web site, www.irondequoitcatholic.org, St. Salome offered its building as a multiuse facility, while St. Thomas the Apostle proposed that the parish remain a separate entity and be given time to improve parishioner numbers and finances.

The planning group has cited deficits, declining attendance and decreased clergy availability as motivations for the proposed parish consolidation and building closures.

“It grieves us to have to say that, given these very real and critical pressures and issues that face all of us going forward, all of the properties cannot be retained in the configuration of the one-parish model,” said a planning group statement released following the Masses.

The planning group said that the July 2009 recommendation “remains the best solution for our region,” but members acknowledged the sadness and disappointment felt by parishioners at St. Salome and St. Thomas. Unique traits of all five parishes would be incorporated into the new parish, planners pledged.

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