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Thomas M. Higgins

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Holy Innocents Parish

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Holy Innocents Parish

1337 E. Hunting Park Avenue

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,19124

United States

Company Description

For almost 90 years the parish of Holy Innocents has served the people and the neighborhood of Juniata. Monsignor Martin Lynch founded the parish on its December feast day and built the parish one building at a time. For 25 years Mass was celebrated in the "Re...more

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Archdiocese of Philadelphia


The Chancery


Director

Office for Youth and Young Adults


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National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association

Board Member


Catholic Education

Secretary


Education

Las Vegas School of Dealing


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Holy Innocents Parish | Pastoral Staff

holyinnocentsrc.org [cached]

Rev. Thomas M. Higgins
frhiggins@holyinnocentsrc.org Parochial Vicars


Evangelization | Keep The Faith In Frankford

www.keepthefaithinfrankford.org [cached]

Archbishop Chaput tells us we have to ask Father Higgins.
Father Higgins has told us, "As long as I am pastor of this parish, nothing is going to change." Father Higgins has been sharing with all of us the "state of the parish" these past few weeks. Father Higgins will explain to us that there is a "need for increased giving". Recently, on Fox 29 News, Father Higgins said that 4 of his 5 Masses here at Holy Innocents were not well attended. Why not be "creative" as Pope Francis has said and say a Mass in Frankford? We have asked over and over again for the use of St. Joachim for public and private worship and would pay all expenses for the upkeep of the Church and cemetery. We recently submitted a proposal to Father Higgins. Posted in Apostolic Nunciature, Archbishop Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Church, church mergers, Demonstrating, Evangelization, Faith, Frankford, Holy Innocents, Keep the Faith in Frankford, Laity, Mass, Mater Dolorosa, Parish Pastoral Process, Pope Francis I, Prayer, Prayers, Rebuilding the Parish, Religion, St Joachim Appeal, St. Joachim, Worship | Tagged Archbishop Chaput, archdiocese, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Area Pastoral Planning Process, Catholic, Catholic Church, church, common ground, evangelization, faith, Father Higgins, Frankford, laity, Mass, Mater Dolorosa, Parish Pastoral Process, pastor, Philadelphia, Philly, Pope Francis, Prayer, Saint Joachim, St. Joachim, Vatican appeal | Leave a comment | Father Thomas Higgins, Pastor, Holy Innocents Parish, has told us many times in one way or another, that "As long as I am the pastor of the parish, nothing is going to change". Every liturgical season for two years, we have asked Father Higgins for services at St. Joachim. We have asked for a Mass, for an opportunity for us to hold a Prayer Service (we're hearing about mission and lay leadership) and to use our Church for private worship. All for naught. After our Feast Day Mass this past July, Father Higgins wanted to have a "conversation" after Mass. We believed he was looking for real solutions to real problems he has. But here again, nothing. We made and sent a proposal to Father Higgins. You can see our proposal below. SJ Proposal Possible Meeting Sept 2015 Here is Father Higgins' response. Higgins Re St Joachim Proposal Now, think about it. Father Higgins was interviewed and told Joyce Evans, Fox 29 News, that 4 of his 5 Masses aren't full and could use "hundreds of more people". (See this interview and our response here online.) Say a Mass in Frankford, you would get our collection! Well, we have another idea for you, Father Higgins. Come and use St. Joachim as the main worship site. As the Archdiocese was aware of this impending article, Father Higgins is interviewed to counteract us. Posted in Apostolic Nunciature, Archbishop Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Church, Demonstrating, Dining with Dignity, Evangelization, Faith, Frankford, Holy Innocents, Keep the Faith in Frankford, Laity, Mass, Mater Dolorosa, Media Coverage, Parish Pastoral Process, Pope Francis I, Prayer, Rebuilding the Parish, Religion, St Joachim Appeal, St. Joachim, Transition Team | Tagged Archbishop Chaput, archdiocese, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Area Pastoral Planning Process, Catholic, Catholic Church, church, common ground, debt, evangelization, faith, Father Higgins, feeding the hungry, Frankford, laity, Mater Dolorosa, money, Northeast Philadelphia, Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, Parish Pastoral Process, pastor, pastors, Philadelphia, Philly, Pope Francis, priest, Saint Joachim, St. Joachim, Vatican appeal | Leave a comment | Father Thomas Higgins, Pastor of Holy Innocents, had our grandparents stand during Mass At this point, 20-25 people returned to talk with Father Higgins. I admired his willingness to listen to the frustration and pain of the people since St. Joachim closed. Father Higgins listened - Bob said it was for the "first time" and heard the people say: We've lost respect for the clergy; Take our money and then tell us that rental income can't be counted on for support though you used it to support Holy Innocents; Wanted at least a monthly Mass in Frankford (overwhelming majority favored this but I said what would the people we are fighting for - the disenfranchised, the marginal, do the other 3 weeks?); 11 year old, Morgen, told Father Higgins, she wanted to worship in her own church because of her important memories and she wants to pass these experiences on to her own children; Again, Father Higgins, we bless you for being willing to be humble yourself, too. Luke 14:11 tells us all, "Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted". Posted in Archbishop Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Church, Evangelization, Faith, Frankford, Holy Innocents, Keep the Faith in Frankford, Laity, Mass, Mater Dolorosa, Parish Pastoral Process, Rebuilding the Parish, Religion, St Joachim Appeal, St. Joachim, Worship | Tagged Archbishop Chaput, archdiocese, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Area Pastoral Planning Process, Catholic, Catholic Church, church, common ground, faith, Father Higgins, Frankford, laity, Mater Dolorosa, Northeast Philadelphia, Parish Pastoral Process, pastor, Philadelphia, Philly, priests, Saint Joachim, St. Joachim, Vatican appeal | Leave a comment | Recently, Joe Taylor and I had a meeting with Fr. Higgins, Pastor of Holy Innocents and Dean of Deanery 12, Lower Northeast Philadelphia, and Joe Paesani, Business Manager. Fr Higgins and Joe made it clear that without the rental income from the school, we could not have been able to operate the parish. Then there is the fact that Fr Higgins is the Dean of our Deanery and pastor of the merged parish. Is this conflict of interest? As he has said many times "I thought there should be a Catholic Church in Frankford, but the Archdiocese didn't think there should be". Why would he say that if he didn't feel it was right or if he thought our Church could not be supported? One would thinks as the Dean he would say "I think there should be a Catholic Church in Frankford and I am going to fight for one". Posted in Apostolic Nunciature, Archbishop Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Church, Evangelization, Faith, Frankford, Holy Innocents, Keep the Faith in Frankford, Laity, Mater Dolorosa, Meetings, Parish Pastoral Process, Rebuilding the Parish, Religion, St Joachim Appeal, St. Joachim, Vatican, Worship | Tagged Archbishop Chaput, archdiocese, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Area Pastoral Planning Process, Catholic, Catholic Church, common ground, evangelization, faith, Father Higgins, Frankford, laity, Mater Dolorosa, meetings, Parish Pastoral Process, Saint Joachim, Vatican appeal | 3 Comments |


Mater Dolorosa | Keep The Faith In Frankford

www.keepthefaithinfrankford.org [cached]

Father Higgins announced over the weekend at Mass that the St. Joachim convent had been sold for $200,000 to the Capuchins.
I called Father Higgins this morning and left a message hoping to learn more about the purchase. The Archbishop tells us that Father Higgins makes all the decisions for the Worship Site. We know that Father Higgins has told us nothing would change as long as he is Pastor. We know that he did not even acknowledge our requests for a Mass for the Anniversary of the Dedication of St. Joachim on December 13, 2015. Posted in Archbishop Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Church, Faith, Frankford, Holy Innocents, Keep the Faith in Frankford, Laity, Mater Dolorosa, Parish Pastoral Process, Prayer, St. Joachim, St. Joan of Arc | Tagged Archbishop Chaput, archdiocese, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Area Pastoral Planning Process, Catholic, Catholic Church, church, common ground, faith, Father Higgins, Frankford, laity, Mater Dolorosa, Northeast Philadelphia, Parish Pastoral Process, pastor, pastors, Philadelphia, Philly, Prayer, priest, priests, Saint Joachim, St. Joachim | 2 Comments | Every time I want to get angry and ask for God's wrath and mighty justice, I struggle with having compassion and mercy towards Archbishop Chaput and Father Higgins for their actions in closing our two Churches in Frankford. Father Higgins and the Archdiocese ultimately decided. We estimate, and have proof from financial information shared by Father Thomas Higgins, Pastor, Holy Innocents, that rental income from St. Joachim School was $364,505 and Mater Dolorosa $231,952 for two years totaling $1,190,914 plus Mater Dolorosa had over $900,000 in the bank thus the assets of Holy Innocents gained over $2 million dollar when we both closed. Father Higgins, at the time was Dean, and we believe there was a real conflict of interest. Nevertheless, in spite of our contributions, Father Higgins reports as of this coming fiscal year (2016), Holy Innocents is projecting a loss of $776,871.00 Father Higgins has refused to allow us to use St. Joachim for either private or public worship except for the occasional funeral, wedding and annual Feast Day Mass. The Congregation of the Clergy in January, 2015 established a precedent in the Diocese of Greensburg in Western Pennsylvania that every Worship Site also have a Mass on their Dedication Day. We wrote and emailed Father Higgins and he ignored us. Posted in Archbishop Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Church, church mergers, Faith, Frankford, Holy Innocents, Keep the Faith in Frankford, Laity, Mass, Mater Dolorosa, Meetings, Parish Pastoral Process, Pope Francis I, Rebuilding the Parish, Religion, St Joachim Appeal, St. Joachim, St. Joan of Arc, Transition Team, Worship | Tagged Archbishop Chaput, archdiocese, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Area Pastoral Planning Process, Catholic, Catholic Church, church, common ground, faith, Father Higgins, Frankford, laity, Mater Dolorosa, Parish Pastoral Process, pastor, pastors, Philadelphia, Philly, Pope Francis, priest, priests, Saint Joachim, St. Joachim, St. Joan of Arc | Leave a comment | Archbishop Chaput tells us we have to ask Father Higgins. Father Higgins has told us, "As long as I am pastor of this parish, nothing is going to change." Father Higgins has been sharing with all of us the "state of the parish" these past few weeks. Father Higgins will explain to us that there is a "need for increased giving". Recently, on Fox 29 News, Father Higgins said that 4 of his 5 Masses here at Holy Innocents were not well attended. Why not be "creative" as Pope Francis has said and say a Mass in Frankford? We have asked over and over again for the use of St. Joachim for public and private worship and would pay all expenses for the upkeep of the Church and cemetery. We recently submitted a proposal to Father Higgins. Posted in Apostolic Nunciature, Archbishop Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Church, church mergers, Demonstrating, Evangelization, Faith, Frankford, Holy Innocents, Keep the Faith in Frankford, Laity, Mass, Mater Dolorosa, Parish Pastoral Process, Pope Francis I, Prayer, Prayers, Rebuilding the Parish, Religion, St Joachim Appeal, St. Joachim, Worship | Tagged Archbishop Chaput, archdiocese, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Area Pastoral Planning Process, Catholic, Catholic Church, church, common ground, evangelization, faith, Father Higgins, Frankford, laity, Mass, Mater Dolorosa, Parish Pastoral Process, pastor, Philadelphia, Philly, Pope Francis, Prayer, Saint Joachim, St. Joachim, Vatican appeal | Leave a comment | As the Archdiocese was aware of this impending article, Father Higgins is interviewed to counteract us. Posted in Apostolic Nunciature, Archbishop Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Church, Demonstrating, Dining with Dignity, Evangelization, Faith, Frankford, Holy Innocents, Keep the Faith in Frankford, Laity, Mass, Mater Dolorosa, Media Coverage, Parish Pastoral Process, Pope Francis I, Prayer, Rebuilding the Parish, Religion, St Joachim Appeal, St. Joachim, Transition Team | Tagged Archbishop Chaput, archdiocese, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Area Pastoral Planning Process, Catholic, Catholic Church, church, common ground, debt, evangelization, faith, Father Higgins, feeding the hungry, Frankford, laity, Mater Dolorosa, money, Northeast Philadelphia, Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, Parish Pastoral Process, pastor, pastors, Philadelphia, Philly, Pope Francis, priest, Saint Joachim, St. Joachim, Vatican appeal | Leave a comment | Father Thomas Higgins, Pastor of Holy Innocents, had our grandparents stand during Mass At this point, 20-25 people returned to talk with Father Higgins. I admired his willingness to listen to the frustration and pain of the people since St. Joachim closed. Father Higgins listened - Bob said it was for the "first time" and heard the people say: We've lost respect for the clergy; Take our money and then tell us that rental income can't be counted on for support though you used it to support Holy Innocents; Wanted at least a monthly Mass in Frankford (overwhelming majority favored this but I said what would the people we are fighting for - the disenfranchised, the marginal, do the other 3 weeks?); 11 year old, Morgen, told Father Higgins, she wanted to worship in her own church because of her important memories and she wants to pass these experiences on to her own children; Again, Father Higgins, we bless you for being willing to be humble yourself, too. Posted in Archbishop Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Church, Evangelization, Faith, Frankford, Holy Innocents, Keep the Faith in Frankford, Laity, Mass, Mater Dolorosa, Parish Pastoral Process, Rebuilding the Parish, Religion, St Joachim Appeal, St. Joachim, Worship | Tagged Archbishop Chaput, archdiocese, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Area Pastoral Planning Process, Catholic, Catholic Church, church, common ground, faith, Father Higgins, Frankford, laity, Mater Dolorosa, Northeast Philadelphia, Parish Pastoral Process, pastor, Philadelphia, Philly, priests, Saint Joachim, St. Joachim, Vatican appeal | Leave a comment | Recently, Joe Taylor and I had a meeting with Fr. Higgins, Pastor of Holy Innocents and Dean of Deanery 12, Lower Northeast Philadelphia, and Joe Paesani, Business Manager. Fr Higgins and Joe made it clear that without the rental income from the school, we could not have been able to operate the parish. Then there is the fact that Fr Higgins is the Dean of our Deanery and pastor of the merged parish. Is this conflict of interest? As he has said many times "I thought there should be a Catholic Church in Frankford, but the Archdiocese didn't think there should be". Why would he say that if he didn't feel it was right or if he thought our Church could not be supported? One would thinks as the Dean he would say "I think there should be a Catholic Church in Frankford and I am going to fight for one". Posted in Apostolic Nunciature, Archbishop Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Church, Evangelization, Faith, Frankford, Holy Innocents, Keep the Faith in Frankford, Laity, Mater Dolorosa, Meetings, Parish Pastoral Process, Rebuilding the Parish, Religion, St Joachim Appeal, St. Joachim, Vatican, Worship | Tagged Archbishop Chaput, archdiocese, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Area Pastoral Planning Process, Catholic, Catholic Church, common ground, evangelization, faith, Father Higgins, Frankford, laity, Mater Dolorosa, meetings, Parish Pastoral Process, Saint Joachim, Vatican appeal | 3 Comments |


www.holyinnocentsrc.org

Rev. Thomas M. Higgins
frhiggins@holyinnocentsrc.org Parochial Vicars


Church | Keep The Faith In Frankford

www.keepthefaithinfrankford.org [cached]

Father Higgins announced over the weekend at Mass that the St. Joachim convent had been sold for $200,000 to the Capuchins.
I called Father Higgins this morning and left a message hoping to learn more about the purchase. The Archbishop tells us that Father Higgins makes all the decisions for the Worship Site. We know that Father Higgins has told us nothing would change as long as he is Pastor. We know that he did not even acknowledge our requests for a Mass for the Anniversary of the Dedication of St. Joachim on December 13, 2015. Posted in Archbishop Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Church, Faith, Frankford, Holy Innocents, Keep the Faith in Frankford, Laity, Mater Dolorosa, Parish Pastoral Process, Prayer, St. Joachim, St. Joan of Arc | Tagged Archbishop Chaput, archdiocese, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Area Pastoral Planning Process, Catholic, Catholic Church, church, common ground, faith, Father Higgins, Frankford, laity, Mater Dolorosa, Northeast Philadelphia, Parish Pastoral Process, pastor, pastors, Philadelphia, Philly, Prayer, priest, priests, Saint Joachim, St. Joachim | 2 Comments | Every time I want to get angry and ask for God's wrath and mighty justice, I struggle with having compassion and mercy towards Archbishop Chaput and Father Higgins for their actions in closing our two Churches in Frankford. Father Higgins and the Archdiocese ultimately decided. We estimate, and have proof from financial information shared by Father Thomas Higgins, Pastor, Holy Innocents, that rental income from St. Joachim School was $364,505 and Mater Dolorosa $231,952 for two years totaling $1,190,914 plus Mater Dolorosa had over $900,000 in the bank thus the assets of Holy Innocents gained over $2 million dollar when we both closed. Father Higgins, at the time was Dean, and we believe there was a real conflict of interest. Nevertheless, in spite of our contributions, Father Higgins reports as of this coming fiscal year (2016), Holy Innocents is projecting a loss of $776,871.00 Father Higgins has refused to allow us to use St. Joachim for either private or public worship except for the occasional funeral, wedding and annual Feast Day Mass. The Congregation of the Clergy in January, 2015 established a precedent in the Diocese of Greensburg in Western Pennsylvania that every Worship Site also have a Mass on their Dedication Day. We wrote and emailed Father Higgins and he ignored us. Posted in Archbishop Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Church, church mergers, Faith, Frankford, Holy Innocents, Keep the Faith in Frankford, Laity, Mass, Mater Dolorosa, Meetings, Parish Pastoral Process, Pope Francis I, Rebuilding the Parish, Religion, St Joachim Appeal, St. Joachim, St. Joan of Arc, Transition Team, Worship | Tagged Archbishop Chaput, archdiocese, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Area Pastoral Planning Process, Catholic, Catholic Church, church, common ground, faith, Father Higgins, Frankford, laity, Mater Dolorosa, Parish Pastoral Process, pastor, pastors, Philadelphia, Philly, Pope Francis, priest, priests, Saint Joachim, St. Joachim, St. Joan of Arc | Leave a comment | Archbishop Chaput tells us we have to ask Father Higgins. Father Higgins has told us, "As long as I am pastor of this parish, nothing is going to change." Father Higgins has been sharing with all of us the "state of the parish" these past few weeks. Father Higgins will explain to us that there is a "need for increased giving". Recently, on Fox 29 News, Father Higgins said that 4 of his 5 Masses here at Holy Innocents were not well attended. Why not be "creative" as Pope Francis has said and say a Mass in Frankford? We have asked over and over again for the use of St. Joachim for public and private worship and would pay all expenses for the upkeep of the Church and cemetery. We recently submitted a proposal to Father Higgins. Posted in Apostolic Nunciature, Archbishop Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Church, church mergers, Demonstrating, Evangelization, Faith, Frankford, Holy Innocents, Keep the Faith in Frankford, Laity, Mass, Mater Dolorosa, Parish Pastoral Process, Pope Francis I, Prayer, Prayers, Rebuilding the Parish, Religion, St Joachim Appeal, St. Joachim, Worship | Tagged Archbishop Chaput, archdiocese, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Area Pastoral Planning Process, Catholic, Catholic Church, church, common ground, evangelization, faith, Father Higgins, Frankford, laity, Mass, Mater Dolorosa, Parish Pastoral Process, pastor, Philadelphia, Philly, Pope Francis, Prayer, Saint Joachim, St. Joachim, Vatican appeal | Leave a comment | Father Thomas Higgins, Pastor, Holy Innocents Parish, has told us many times in one way or another, that "As long as I am the pastor of the parish, nothing is going to change". Every liturgical season for two years, we have asked Father Higgins for services at St. Joachim. We have asked for a Mass, for an opportunity for us to hold a Prayer Service (we're hearing about mission and lay leadership) and to use our Church for private worship. All for naught. After our Feast Day Mass this past July, Father Higgins wanted to have a "conversation" after Mass. We believed he was looking for real solutions to real problems he has. But here again, nothing. We made and sent a proposal to Father Higgins. You can see our proposal below. SJ Proposal Possible Meeting Sept 2015 Here is Father Higgins' response. Higgins Re St Joachim Proposal Now, think about it. Father Higgins was interviewed and told Joyce Evans, Fox 29 News, that 4 of his 5 Masses aren't full and could use "hundreds of more people". (See this interview and our response here online.) Say a Mass in Frankford, you would get our collection! Well, we have another idea for you, Father Higgins. Come and use St. Joachim as the main worship site. As the Archdiocese was aware of this impending article, Father Higgins is interviewed to counteract us. Posted in Apostolic Nunciature, Archbishop Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Church, Demonstrating, Dining with Dignity, Evangelization, Faith, Frankford, Holy Innocents, Keep the Faith in Frankford, Laity, Mass, Mater Dolorosa, Media Coverage, Parish Pastoral Process, Pope Francis I, Prayer, Rebuilding the Parish, Religion, St Joachim Appeal, St. Joachim, Transition Team | Tagged Archbishop Chaput, archdiocese, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Area Pastoral Planning Process, Catholic, Catholic Church, church, common ground, debt, evangelization, faith, Father Higgins, feeding the hungry, Frankford, laity, Mater Dolorosa, money, Northeast Philadelphia, Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, Parish Pastoral Process, pastor, pastors, Philadelphia, Philly, Pope Francis, priest, Saint Joachim, St. Joachim, Vatican appeal |


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