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"All Saints Parish" Chosen Name For Catholic Churches

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Area Catholic Cluster has decided upon a new name for the parish.  Last February, members of the area Catholic churches received a letter from their priests announcing the unification of St. James' and St. Joseph's parishes in Le Mars into one new parish as part of the Diocese of Sioux City Long Range Strategic Plan.  This past month, adult parishioners from the two Catholic churches were given an opportunity to vote on a new name.  The only requirement, the new name could not be used by any other Catholic church in the Sioux City Diocese.  With twice as many votes as any other choice, the name "All Saints Parish" was presented to Bishop R. Walker Nickless of the Diocese of Sioux City.  Father Kevin Richter, the pastor of the newly formed All Saints Parish, reminded parishioners that each site will retain its name to specify location for various activities, but he says he likes the new chosen name.

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Richter says the two parishes were already sharing many programs such as Gehlen school, Knights of Columbus, and Catholic Daughters Council.  He says this was the next logical step.

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