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Archdiocese of Philadelphia Will Merge 12 Parishes into 5 by July 1st
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 04/15/12 10:01 pm | updated: 04/15/12 10:01 pm
During Sunday's Masses today pastors in Northwest Philadelphia and Chester County told their congregations of the Archdiocesan plans to shut down and merge their parishes. Specifically they were in Germantown, Manayunk, and Coatesville.

The parishes marked for closing have seen sharp declines in membership, Mass attendance and baptisms, among other signs of diminished vitality such as population projections, parish finances, and the physical state of its buildings.

In Germantown, Saint Francis of Assisi, Immaculate Conception and St. Vincent de Paul will merge into St. Vincent's.

In Manayunk, St. Lucy and Holy Family will merge into Holy Family. St. John the Baptist, St. Josaphat and St. Mary of the Assumption will merge into St. John's.

In Coatesville, Our Lady of the Rosary and Saint Cecelia parishes will merge into Our Lady of the Rosary. Saint Joseph and Saint Stanislaus Kostka will merge into St. Joseph's.

St. Athanasius and St. Raymond of Penafort in West Oak Lane/East Mount Airy were also looked at and decided to remain as free-standing parishes.

There will be more mergers/closures expected this summer and through 2014. This study began in 2011. These mergers come from neighborhoods dense in Catholic parishes. Every Archdiocesan Parish belongs to one of 44 planning areas. Each will be asked to look themselves "examine their viability and assess whether they possess the resource . . . to remain sustainable and vibrant faith communities."
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