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Philadelphia archdiocese announces parish mergers; old parishes remain worship sites

Catholic World News - June 04, 2014

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced a new round of parish closures and mergers that will reduce the number of parishes to 219-- down from 266 in 2010, according to the King of Prussia Courier.

“In each instance of a merger, parishioners will attend daily and Sunday Mass at the church of the newly formed parish,” the archdiocese announced. “The church(es) of the former parish(es) will become a worship site(es). Worship sites will be utilized for weddings, funerals and feast days, as well as traditional and ethnic devotions.”

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