Diocese announces more Philly-area parish mergers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced mergers that will affect more than two dozen Roman Catholic parishes in the Philadelphia region.

The mergers announced Sunday are in Delaware County and the northwest, northern and western parts of Philadelphia.

Officials said parishioners at all affected parishes learned of the final decisions through letters mailed to all registered parishioners as well as announcements made at weekend Masses.

As in other consolidations announced since last year, officials cited factors such as demographic shifts, declining attendance, a shortage of clergy and a review of facilities.

Church officials said they expected more parishes to be affected by the ongoing “Parish Pastoral Planning Area Initiative” in the fall of this year.

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