Regional and Parish Boundary Maps
These are the regional and parish maps originally published under the Strategic Plan as announced in October 2010. They are provided here as reference. Updated regional maps are not currently available.
The regional maps provide a visual means of seeing the changes announced under the Strategic Plan. There are maps for each region and detail maps for the Minneapolis and Saint Paul metro areas.
For those interested in determining their territorial parish, parish boundary maps can be viewed for the entire diocese and for each county in the diocese.
A list of parishes and their status under the Plan can be found on the Parish Status page.
Parish merger definition: two or more parish communities merge into one community with one pastor; in each merging relationship there is one parish designated as a receiving parish; the assets and liabilities of a merging parish will be incorporated into the receiving parish (this means that the receiving parish will acquire the church building of any merging parish); Masses will continue to be celebrated at the church building of the merging parish until a decision which contradicts such use is made by the parish pastoral and finance councils of the receiving parish community, in consultation with the Archbishop and the Presbyteral Council; parish mergers are subject to appeal (please see Appendix A (pdf)); mergers will proceed as the capacity to handle them effectively and pastorally allows.
Parish cluster definition: two or more parishes that share a pastor; clustered parishes may also share some staff and programming; cluster arrangements will not go into effect before June 1, 2011; questions or concerns about cluster arrangements will be addressed at open meetings in each affected parish; parishes in a cluster arrangement retain their parish status and basic organizational structure; clustering does not necessarily lead to merger of parishes.
Identified for Structural Collaboration
Identified for structured collaboration definition: two or more parishes each with their own pastor that are specifically identified to work in collaboration, i.e. sharing resources, cooperating on programming, etc.; while all parishes are called into greater collaboration under the Strategic Plan, the parishes in this category are specifically asked to engage in particular cooperation and communication with neighboring parishes; many of these sites may eventually move toward a cluster.
Designation as an Oratory
Designation as oratory definition: an oratory is a worship site established for a particular community or group of the faithful; often, oratories are simply another worship site within a parish; there are some limitations as to what liturgical celebrations can take place in an oratory, for example: all communities are encouraged to participate in Mass on Sundays at the parish church; funerals are only permitted in an oratory with a dispensation from the diocesan bishop; there must be a just cause for a baptism to take place outside of the parish church.