Members of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in St. Louis sent a message to the archdiocese with a vote Sunday to change parish bylaws. The vote was 199-17.Post-Dispatch Article Here.
One of the changes gives parishioners the right to decide what to do with the church's assets should its doors close, said Bob Zabielski, 64, of Chesterfield, a member of the parish's board of directors. He said members would choose a Roman Catholic parish or order that promotes Polish heritage - or perhaps the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Members also voted to give the pastor a vote on the board of directors and limit board members' terms. They had served for life.
Zabielski said the parishioners were trying to preserve their Polish heritage while offering to work with the archdiocese.