(AREA) -- In a significant step toward restructuring parishes across the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, 39 churches are coming together in new parish communities with new parish names effective July 1. All parishes in the diocese have written their own action plan to revitalize parish life and will focus on areas such as providing enhanced educational programs for young people and adults, nurturing vocations and living out the Church's mission of evangelization.
The Sandusky area parish consisting of St. Joseph in Sandusky, St. Elizabeth in Marlette and St. John in Peck will be named the Holy Family Parish with St. Joseph in Sandusky severing as the parish church. St. Denis Catholic Church in Lexington will serve as the Lexington area parish and includes St. Mary of Port Sanilac and St. Patrick in Croswell. The parish will be named the Ave Maria Parish. The Ruth area parish comprised by Saints Peter and Paul of Ruth and St. John of Forestville will be named the Holy Apostles Parish. St. Isidore Parish was selected as the Parisville area parish name consisting of St.Mary of Parisville and St. Patrick in Palms.
In the weeks ahead, many parishes will be celebrating both closing and opening Masses. The celebrations will honor the past, while welcoming opportunities to partner with members of neighboring churches in new ways into the future.
Other new parish names:
Ubly Area--Good Shepherd Parish
St. John The Evangelist Church, Ubly
St. Ignatius Church, Frieburg
St. Columbkille Church, Sheridan Corners
St. Joseph Church, Argyle
Bad Axe Area--St. Hubert Parish
Sacred Heart Church, Bad Axe
St. Joseph Church, Rapson
Most Holy Trinity Church, Smith Corners
Kinde Area--Annunciation of the Lord Parish
St. Michael Church, Port Austin
St. Mary of Czestochowa Church, Kinde
St. Edward the Confessor Church, Kinde
Caseville Area--Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish
St. Roch Church, Caseville
St. Francis Borgia Church, Pigeon
St. Felix of Valois Church, Pinnebog
Harbor Beach Area--Holy Name of Mary Parish
Our Lady Of Lake Huron Church, Harbor Beach
St. Anthony of Padua Church, Helena