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St. Pius X Parish to merge with St. Isidore Parish

Posted April 14, 2017 at 12:00 am

By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator

After serving the north Baton Rouge community for more than 50 years, St. Pius X Church is scheduled to cease functioning as a parish on May 31, the Diocese of Baton Rouge announced in a statement April 1.

St. Pius X Parish will cease functioning as a parish on May 31, the Diocese of Baton Rouge announced April 1. St. Pius’ current parish financial re parish boundaries will be incorporated into St. Isidore the Farmer Church in Baker. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

The statement said the decision was made “through prayer” by Bishop Robert W. Muench after several months of intense study, deliberation and consultation with St. Pius pastor Father Frank Bass, the parish’s finance

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    The Diocese of Baton Rouge announced today that St. Pius X Parish will cease functioning as a parish in the diocese as of May 31, 2017. St. Pius X is located near the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport on Hooper Road.

    The decision was made through prayer by Diocesan Bishop Robert W. Muench after several months of intense study, deliberation and consultation with St. Pius’ pastor, parish and finance councils, its trustees and the Diocesan Presbyteral Council, which consists of member

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    The Catholic Commentator

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    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

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    The Catholic Commentator

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    The Catholic Commentator

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    The Catholic Commentator

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    The Catholic Commentator

    Bishop Robert W. Muench tilted his head upward, first to the left, awe partnering with joy to create a broadening smile. As if on cue, the bishop then looked up to the right, his facial expression telegraphing his exuberance.

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    The Catholic Commentator

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