Completing the Mission
St. Mary Church
Pinehurst / Billerica
1928 – 2021
The following is a paraphrase of the Decree of Relegation given by His Eminence Cardinal Seán O’Malley:
Upon reception of a thorough study regarding Saint Mary Church in Billerica Massachusetts, that incorporated a consultation of the members of the parish, including those who formerly participated in sacred worship at the former parish of Saint Mary; and having considered the grave reasons proposed for the relegation of Saint Mary Church to profane but not sordid use (cf. cc. SO; 1222 §2).
Fr. Aveni presented all this information to the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council on September 14, 2021, and having heard the Council regarding the relegation of Saint Mary Church to profane but not sordid use, in accord with the norm of law (cf. cc. 127 § 1; 166; 1222 §2);
I hereby decree, in accord with canon 1222 §2 of the Code of Canon Law, that Saint Mary Church of Saint Matthew the Evangelist Parish in Billerica, Massachusetts be relegated to profane but not sordid use.
Given at the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Boston, Braintree, Massachusetts this 23rd day of September 2021. The Decree shall be effective at 12:01 A.M. on November 1, 2021.