3.2.1 Establishment, Alteration or Suppression of Parishes

1.    The norms for the establishment of parishes are contained in canon 515 §2.

2.    Without prejudice to canon 515 §§1-2 and the norms of #3.2.3 Churches Other than the Parochial Church, other norms for the notable alteration or suppression of parishes by clustering, merger or closure are contained in A Guide to Parish Clusters, Mergers and Closures. [1]

   a.    Norms for the disposition of temporal goods, parish audits, property and cemeteries related to the alteration or suppression of parishes are contained in Appendix C. [2]

   b.    Norms for parish records and sacred objects, which are involved, are contained in Appendix D.



[1]    A Guide to Parish Clusters, Mergers and Closures, promulgated by Bishop of Lansing, June 2, 2008 (rev. January 2009). Available in part at the diocesan website or through the Bishop's office.

[2]    A Guide to Parish Clusters, Mergers and Closures. See c. 1222.


Date approved by Bishop


Posted by
Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor