Plan to Merge Parishes in Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Sunday, Jun 2, 2013  |  Updated 6:54 AM EDT
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Plan to Merge Parishes in Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Members of dozens of Catholic parishes in Delaware County and Philadelphia could soon hear whether or not the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will merge them with other parishes, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Registered members from 37 parishes could receive the news today and during Sunday mass, a spokesperson told the paper. According to the report, no schools will be affected.

The effective date is reportedly July 1.

The merger is part of the ongoing restructuring of the Archdiocese which began in 2011. At that time, the archdiocese had 266 parishes. It now has 251, according to the paper.

Parishes in Delaware County; North, Northwest, and Northeast Philadelphia; and Old City could be affected.

A spokesperson says the merger does not mean the church buildings will close.

 

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