Decree of the Bishop of Nottingham bringing The Parish of The Epiphany, Amber Valley into being

Published Thu, 28/12/2023 by

(Prot. No. 2023/40: Effective 7th January, 2024)


PATRICK JOSEPH McKINNEY BISHOP OF NOTTINGHAM
To provide more suitably for the good of souls, I have determined and decided that the Parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Belper, with Saint Margaret Clitherow, Duffield (cf. Prot No 2011/43-025), and the Parish of Saint Joseph, Ripley (cf. Prot No 2011/43-028), in the county of Derbyshire, are to be merged, and from this extinctive union a new parish, to be called and named the Parish of The Epiphany, Amber Valley, is to be created and erected.

The just reasons for this extinctive union, inter alia, include:

  • that the coming together of the spiritual resources of the two parishes into one will safeguard, enhance, and underpin the universal call to holiness of the parishioners and all those connected with the current parishes in a stronger way and more secure way;
  • that the two parishes have been clustered together for several years, served by a single priest;
  • that the unity of three communities, forged into one parish in this portion of the diocese, would be a powerful witness to the unity of faith and purpose rooted in Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, especially to the local communities, ecumenical activities, inter-faith initiatives, and civic engagements;
  • that the pastoral activity of the current two parishes and three communities will be more effectively mediated and enhanced through the coming together of these smaller units, allowing for a more missionary and outward-facing community of Christ’s faithful in the local area;
  • that the parish school, in Belper, will be more effectively supported by this union of the local Catholic faithful;
  • that practical, administrative, and financial considerations (such as the websites, newsletters, pastoral councils, and finance committees) can be brought together and combined, as indeed is already happening with some very positive results, allowing for clearer lines of accountability for Christ’s faithful, together with a clearer voice in the wider community

Therefore:

  • having considered the law, and the facts, especially those as presented in the Petition of the Parish Priest, the Reverend Father Michael Kirkham, in his various submissions, including the supporting
    documentation attached thereto, and especially in his formal petition to me of 22nd September 2023;
  • and having met with some of the parishioners at Deanery Roadshows held on 4th and 7th April 2022, and heard their comments and information provided by them inter alia in the supporting documentation referred to above;
  • and having received a report of the deliberations of the Derby Deanery at its meeting on 25th May 2023, at which this matter was thoroughly discussed, with the unanimous recommendation that this proposal be put into effect; and
  • having been assured by the aforementioned Parish Priest, and having made my own enquiries through my Diocesan Curia, that there are no major donors nor their heirs who should be heard; and having heard the Presbyteral Council (cf canon 515 §2) on Monday 11th December 2023, whose warm acceptance of the proposal, and confirmation of its canonical consultation is duly noted in the minutes of that body; and
  • having determined that the good of souls requires it:

I, the undersigned Bishop of Nottingham, exercising my ordinary power and in virtue of canon 515 §2, do hereby D E C R E E:


That the Parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Belper, with Saint Margaret Clitherow, Duffield, and the Parish of Saint Joseph, Ripley, in the county of Derbyshire, be and are hereto UNITED, JOINED, AND MERGED TOGETHER.


Further I herewith DECREE:


That from this extinctive union and merge of the two aforementioned parishes the PARISH OF THE EPIPHANY, AMBER VALLEY, is hereto erected, established, and created with all the rights, obligations, and privileges accorded to by law.


The Parish of The Epiphany, Amber Valley:

  • shall comprise all the territories of the former Parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Belper, with Saint Margaret Clitherow, Duffield, and of the former Parish of Saint Joseph, Ripley, as indicated on the attached map plan;
  • shall be assigned to the Derby Deanery;
  • that intentions of the founders and donors regarding the temporal goods and patrimonial rights proper to the extinct Parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Belper, with Saint Margaret Clitherow, Duffield, and the extinct Parish of Saint Joseph, Ripley must be respected.
  • In addition, the temporal goods, patrimonial rights, and obligations of each of the extinct parishes must be also defined and allocated in accordance with the norm of law (canons 121 and 122);
  • all the parish and sacramental records of the extinct Parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Belper, with Saint Margaret Clitherow, Duffield, and the extinct Parish of Saint Joseph, Ripley are to be properly preserved and safeguarded in the Parish of The Epiphany, Amber Valley, in accordance with the norm of law;
  • that the church of the Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, situated in Belper, and the church of Saint Margaret Clitherow, situated in Duffield, and the church of Saint Joseph, situated in Ripley, shall each retain its long-standing title as given here (cf canon 1218);
  • that the church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, situated in Belper, and the church of Saint Joseph, situated in Ripley, shall each be considered to be a parish church of the new parish of The Epiphany, Amber Valley, with all the rights pertaining to such churches (cf, inter alia, canon 858 §1).

This Decree comes into force and is effective from the patronal solemnity of the Epiphany, being the seventh day of January in the Year of Our Lord 2024.

This Decree is to be communicated to the Parish Priest and any associated parish clergy of the two aforementioned parishes affected by this extinctive union and merger, as well as any canonical representatives they may have, and further to the parishioners and all interested parties, according to the norm of law (canon 532). It may be challenged within the peremptory time limit of ten days from the legitimate notification of the decree and in accordance with the norm of law (canon 1734 §2).


Given at Nottingham, on the feast of Saint John the Evangelist, being the twenty-seventh day of December in the year of Our Lord 2023.

Simon Gillespie
Reverend Father Simon Gillespie
Notary


+Patrick McKinney
Right Reverend Patrick Joseph McKinney
Bishop of Nottingham

Map of the boundaries of the Parish of the Epiphany, Amber Valley
Map of the boundaries of the Parish of the Epiphany, Amber Valley

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