Here in the Northeast we often see stories of parish closings - Philadelphia, Boston, NYC, etc... so it is refreshing to see new parishes being established where we are growing:
New Catholic Church opening in Cedar Springs
"Cedar Springs, Mich. (WZZM) The Diocese of Grand Rapids is opening a new parish in northern Kent County.
Bishop Walter Hurley announced plans for a new Catholic parish today.
It will be called Blessed John Paul II in Cedar Springs. The diocese
has purchased land from the former home of Pioneer Christian Reformed
Church, which consists of a church, church hall and rectory on about 2.9
The diocese also purchased approximately eight acres of adjacent
vacant land that is part of a nearby industrial park located at 13911
Northern Springs Drive. Once the new parish community has grown, the
diocese says there will be sufficient land for the construction of a new
and larger church."