A Joint Resolution of the Parish Pastoral Council and the Parish Finance Council of St. John Paul II Church – Louisville, Kentucky
Effective November 29, 2015, the Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, executed a decree establishing the parish of St. John Paul II Church from the merger of and within the geographic boundaries of the former St. Pius X Church and the former St. Barnabas Church. The decree stipulated that the primary worship space of St. John Paul II Church is at the site of the former St. Barnabas Church (the Hikes Lane campus), with the former St. Pius X Church (the Goldsmith Lane campus) remaining in use “at the pastor’s discretion.” Since that time, St. John Paul II parish has used the Hikes Lane campus as its primary worship site, with the Goldsmith Lane campus remaining in use for regional school operations, some parish functions and some liturgical functions.
In the three years since the merger, St. John Paul II parish has seen a decline in membership with a corresponding reduction in tithing and other income. In consultation with the pastor, the Parish Council and the Finance Council determined that our stewardship and ministries no longer would be served by maintaining a presence at both campuses. The Councils engaged in a prayerful discernment of the best course of action. Our discernment process included a review of the condition and uses of our properties, a prioritization of our current ministries, and several consultations with the parish membership. After additional discussions, the Councils agreed to engage the services of the architectural firm of Gil Stein & Associates to conduct a complete and thorough study of both properties to determine the cost of allowing either campus to fully meet the parish’s needs for the coming ten-year period. The Parish Council and the Finance Council have now received and reviewed Mr. Stein’s completed report. After considering the completed report and all other relevant factors, and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Councils reached the following conclusion at our joint meeting on December 17, 2018:
It is the Consensus of the Parish Pastoral Council (with two abstentions) and the Parish Finance Council (unanimously) to recommend to Archbishop Kurtz that St. John Paul II parish consolidate all operations, including the primary worship space, to the Goldsmith Lane campus. Therefore, we request that Archbishop Kurtz amend the decree establishing St. John Paul II parish to so provide.
Respectfully Submitted, Timothy M. Buckley Chairperson – Parish Pastoral Council St. John Paul II Parish (Louisville, Kentucky)
Archbishop Kurtz’ response to the above resolution.
I have accepted the extensive and thorough report on the evaluation of the St. John Paul II properties. I am grateful to the committees involved as well as the outside experts who contributed to this careful study.
In addition, I have also received the recommendation from the Parish Pastoral Council and Parish Finance Council that the parish consolidate all ministries to a single campus using the Goldsmith Lane property. This is certainly a significant step for this relatively new parish. I judge it to be a proposal based on careful stewardship yet it is not a simple process to undertake. I would welcome the opportunity to review a transition plan before particular steps are taken. Of great interest to me is how to determine the best to use the Hikes Point Lane property for the good of the church and wider community. This will require additional careful planning with the Archdiocese.
With these point in mind, I do accept your recommendation and will amend the present decree that established St. John Paul II parish. I thank Fr. Bill and the faithful parishioners of St. John Paul II.