FOR RELEASE: Immediate DATE SENT: December 19, 2021
SUBJECT: New Parish Name – St. Mary and St. Joseph Parish, Warren
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YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO – The Most Rev. David J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown, has accepted the recommendation of Rev. Frantisek Katrinak, pastor of the newly merged St. Mary and St. John Paul II Parish in Warren, Ohio, and parishioners, to officially change the name of the parish to “St. Mary and St. Joseph Parish,” effective December 18, 2021. This new parish name reflects the histories of both parishes. On December 18, Bishop Bonnar released this letter to parishioners:
Dear Father Katrinak and the Faithful of your newly merged parish,
On November 28, 2021, St. John Paul II Parish and St. Mary Parish in Warren were merged for the good of the Church. Upon the merger, I asked Father Katrinak to work with you, the faithful, to submit to me a recommendation for your new parish name.
Having completed the process of consultation for this purpose, I recently received the official recommendation from Father Katrinak. I wish to commend you for your participation in this process. The name which garnered the most support among all other names was “St. Mary and St. Joseph Parish.”
I am happy to announce that, effective today, December 18, 2021, I accept this recommendation and officially change the name of your parish to “St. Mary and St. Joseph Parish.”
As we stand on the threshold of Christmas, may this new parish name help you all embrace Jesus, the Word Made Flesh whose own name is “Emmanuel” – God With Us. I invite you to call upon the intercession of your patron saints, St. Mary and St. Joseph. As Mary, Joseph and Jesus grew as the Holy Family, may your parish continue to grow as a holy and vibrant family of faith. Together let us pray, That All May Be One.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend David J. Bonnar
Bishop of Youngstown
St. Mary Parish was established in 1835 (with the present church built in 1907).
St. John Paul II Parish was established in 2011 out of the merger of St. Joseph, Christ Our King, and St. Pius X parishes.
The Diocese of Youngstown is currently engaged in a pastoral planning process which involves all parishes in its six counties.