Local Parishes

Decree of alteration

for Annunciation Parish, Baldwin City; Sacred Heart Parish, Ottawa; and Holy Trinity Parish, Paola

On Sept. 1, 2011, Assumption Parish (Edgerton) and Sacred Heart Parish (Gardner) were altered by decree resulting in their merger into a new parish under the name of Divine Mercy Parish with newly defined territorial boundaries. In consultations leading up to the merger of these two parishes, and to better facilitate the alteration, recommendations were also received to alter the territorial boundaries of nearby parishes.

After having heard the Presbyteral Council on this matter at its May 25, 2011, meeting at the chancery offices, according to Canon 515.2 of the Code of Canon Law, and after much prayer and personal reflection, consultation with diocesan administrative leadership, and input from local pastors, I hereby take the following action:

For Annunciation Parish (Baldwin City) I establish the following boundaries:

North Boundary:

Starting at the intersection of W. 143rd St. in southwest Johnson County and the Douglas/Johnson County Line Rd. (E. 2400 Rd.), then west along N. 900 Rd. to a north-south line consistent with E. 1300 Rd. (½ mile east of 59 Hwy.).

West Boundary (unchanged):

Starting from the intersection of Douglas County N. 900 Rd. and a north-south line consistent with E. 1300 Rd. (½ mile east of 59 Hwy.), south to an east-west line consistent with Shawnee Rd. in Franklin County.

South Boundary:

Starting at the intersection of a northsouth line consistent with E. 1300 Rd. (½ mile east of 59 Hwy.) and Shawnee Rd. in Franklin County, east along Shawnee Rd. to Ohio Rd., then south 2 miles to Reno Rd. then east on Reno Rd. to a north-south line consistent with the Douglas/Johnson County Line Rd.

East Boundary:

Starting at the intersection of W. 143rd St. in southwest Johnson County and the Douglas/Johnson County Line Rd. (E. 2400 Rd.), then south along County Line Rd. and continuing in a north-south line to Reno Rd. in Franklin County.

For Sacred Heart Parish (Ottawa) I add to the eastern boundary the following territory: eight square miles, outlined as follows:

Bordered on the north by W. 255th St.; on the west by the Franklin/Miami County Line; on the south by W. 287th St. and on the east by Pressonville Rd. in Miami County

For Holy Trinity Parish (Paola) I add to the western boundary the following territory: eight square miles, outlined as follows: Bordered on the north by W. 255th St. in Miami County; on the east by Bethel Church Rd.; on the south by W. 287th St. and on the west by Pressonville Rd.

I invite the support of the local pastors in welcoming and assisting new parishioners and appeal to parishioners to work enthusiastically with their pastors to build vibrant and prayerful parishes where the Gospel is proclaimed and lived joyfully and fruitfully. With the help of Almighty God and the aid of the prayers of the Immaculate Blessed Virgin Mary, patroness of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, may the truth and love of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, be made evermore present in the lives and hearts of the faithful, our families, our parishes and our communities.

Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann

Archbishop

Given at the chancery offices in Kansas City, Kansas on this 1st day of September 2011.

Rev. John A. Riley, Chancellor

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Archbishop Joseph Naumann

Joseph F. Naumann is the archbishop for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

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