Marshalltown parishes exploring unification
The Catholic parishes in Marshalltown are exploring the possibility of uniting into one parish. Established in 1869, St. Mary Parish has served Catholics in the Marshalltown area for nearly 160 years. St. Henry Parish was established in 1959 to accommodate the growing number of Catholics. In recent years the Catholic population has continued to grow as a vibrant community. A survey of parishioners conducted in 2011 showed strong support for either combining the parishes or working toward such unification. To meet the growing needs of Catholics, the two parishes have already pooled resources to carry out many ministries. Examples include the consolidated St. Francis Catholic School, united faith formation and youth ministry programs as well as numerous social activities.
Due to this ever-closer working relationship, the pastors have begun a formal process of determining whether a single, unified parish will best serve Catholics and the broader community. A task force, comprised of members of both parishes, the pastors, and a Dubuque Archdiocesan facilitator, is studying this question. The task force meets bi-weekly studying information related to parish assets, ministries, and the benefits of collaboration. Additionally, taskforce members held sessions after Masses on the weekend of February 24th to gather input and questions from parishioners. Information about meetings is being provided after each meeting in the parish bulletins. The Task Force will consider advantages and disadvantages of changing the current independent status of the two parishes. By late spring, the task force expects to conclude its work with a recommendation to Michael Jackels, Archbishop of Dubuque.
Regardless of whether the parishes merge, it is expected that both churches will remain open and the Catholic community will continue to be served by two priests. For more information contact Dick Hierstein, Taskforce Spokesperson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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