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St. Martha in Enfield Returns to its Status as a Single Church Parish, Separate from St. Raymond of Peñafort Parish

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Maria Zone
Director of Communications
Archdiocese of Hartford
(860) 541-6491
maria.zone@aohct.org

HARTFORD, Conn. – (Nov. 12, 2017) Effective December 3, 2017, the First Sunday of Advent, St. Martha Church, located at 214 Brainard Rd., Enfield, will no longer be part of St. Raymond of Peñafort Parish. As part of the pastoral planning announcement on June 29, 2017, St. Martha Parish had merged with St. Adalbert and St. Patrick Parishes, forming St. Raymond of Peñafort Parish, but four months into the merger, it has been decided that St. Martha should return to being a single parish with a school.

Rev. Robert Villa will be the pastor of St. Martha Parish and Rev. John Weaver has been assigned to St. Raymond of Peñafort Parish.  The decision was made after many weeks of discussion among the parishioners of the new parish and the Office of Pastoral Planning. Many factors were revisited and reconsidered, including finances, personnel, and the administration of the school.

“Lots of time, thought, prayer and demographic analysis went into the pastoral planning, and many months ago, the merger between these three churches appeared to be what was best for everyone involved.  However, through further consultation with parish councils, committee members, trustees and parishioners, in this particular case, the Office of Pastoral Planning recommended to Archbishop Leonard Blair that the merger be modified,” said Vicar for Pastoral Planning Rev. James A. Shanley.

Over the weekend, a letter from Archbishop Blair was read at the three affected churches. In part, the Archbishop stated: “Obviously cooperation and collaboration will remain necessary as circumstances change…It is my hope that this new model will enable you, my sisters and brothers, to be and experience what I envisioned for you in our mission statement – i.e., ‘that you will truly be living signs of communion with God, and his instruments for the redemption of the world by bringing to it, the light of faith and the joy of the Gospel.’ ”

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