The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano
By the Grace of God and the Authority of the Apostolic See
Bishop of Bridgeport
DECREE MERGING THE PARISHES OF
HOLY FAMILY, FAIRFIELD, CT
and ST. EMERY, FAIRFIELD, CT
In virtue of the office entrusted to me, I, the Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, duly concerned with the spiritual welfare of the souls entrusted to me, zealous of removing everything that may be detrimental to their well-being and desiring to promote everything becoming of their progress, having heard the people of Holy Family Parish, Fairfield, CT and St. Emery Parish, Fairfield, CT, and having considered the law and the facts, and having heard all those whose rights may be harmed (c. 50) on September 7, 2019 and on December 3, 2019, and having ascertained from documents and deeds and consulted those concerned that there are no major donors or heirs to be heard, and having consulted the Council of Priests ( c. 515 §2) on December 23, 2019 and having determined that the good of the souls requires it,
The above two parishes be so amalgamated through an extinctive union so as to form one new parish. This determination has been made to slrengthen the pastoral care of the people of God in this area of my diocese, and to address several trends that are of serious concern, including: diminished Mass attendance, lack of sustainability in the face of diminishing income, declining sacramental celebrations, and clergy availability.
This decree becomes effective on January 2, 2020.
This decree is to be communicated to the respective pastors who are the proper administrators of the two juridical persons that are being amalgamated. It is also to be communicated to all interested persons, according to the norm of law ( c. 532). It may be challenged within the peremptory time limit of ten (10) days from the legitimate notification of the decree and in accordance with the norm of law ( c. 1734 §2).
Given this 23rd day of December 2019, at the Catholic Center, Bridgeport, Connecticut.