In 2017, the diocesan Office of Pastoral Planning decided that the parishes, Christ the King and Pope John XXIII, would create a linkage upon the retirement of one its pastors. In July 2018, Rev. James Fritzen retired as pastor of Christ the King and this June, Rev. Msgr. James T. O’Brien, will retire as pastor of Pope John XXIII. Rev. Zachary Miller will oversee both parishes upon Msgr. O’Brien’s retirement.
Linked parishes consist of two parishes working together to serve their faith communities while sharing one pastor. Linked parishes do as many things
cooperatively as possible, especially given the pastor is striving to serve two parishes. Linking involves:
1. Coordination of Mass times;
2. Increased responsibility of the laity for as many areas of mission as possible in order to reduce the burden on the priest;
3. Full cooperation between the parishes with joint committees and outreach programs.
Characteristics of linked parishes include:
* The parishes remain independent corporations and canonical entities.
* The parishes are separate communities of faith but are one faith community.
* According to Canon Law, linked parishes must have separate finance councils.