St. John the Baptist and St. Mary would reopen, but there has been no decisiopon on whether a pastor would be assigned to either. St. John did not have a pastor after the retirement of Fr, Ralph Coletta on July 5, 2005. Fr. Paul Rosing was administrator. There were 113 families at St, John and 13 attended the Christmas Mass. The parish apparently is solvent. A charter school rents space and pays utilities and other expenses.
The bishop acknowledged that some churches face significandt challenges.
“Some people have died,” he said. “Some people have found a new home and don’t want to go back.”
The bishop said it would be up to the reconstituted parishes to map out and follow a survival plan. “There are limitations on our resources to help them.” he said.
The 11 churches were among 50 in the Cleveland Diocese that were closed or merged because of a shortage of priests, parishioners and money.