15 parishes within the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh merge into 4 new parishes – CBS Pittsburgh
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Four groups of parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will be amalgamated to create four new parishes from July 1, 2021, the diocese said on Saturday.
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15 parishes will be part of the union in the greater Pittsburgh area.
“For more than two years you have been traveling together on a journey that will unite you on the mission to bring the good news of Jesus to your neighbors and strengthen you all in the faith,” said Bishop Zubik in a press release.
Bishop Zubik and the diocese also sent a letter informing members of the decision: “This was not an easy task. Jesus never promised that it would be easy to pass on his message of love and mercy to others. He knew that sacrifice would be necessary. However, you will position your new ward for more effective service by addressing financial needs, sharing resources, and allowing your clergy to focus on the spiritual work for which they have been ordained. With your faith in Jesus and strengthened by the Holy Spirit, I invite you to welcome one another warmly and serve one another as you become a parish family. ”
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The full list of the parishes that will be included in the merger can be found below.
According to the diocese, each merger was requested by the group’s priestly administrator, after consulting with parishioners, and from there Bishop Zubik consulted with the council of priests and the vicars general before approving their requests.
“This is a crucial time for our diocese as we plan the future of the Church of Pittsburgh,” said Bishop Zubik. “Southwest Pennsylvania is radically different than it was 100, 50, 20, or even 10 years ago, but the work of the Church and our call from God to bring love to all remain strong. As we face the challenges we face in the Church today, the testimony of cooperation and growth reflects the oneness of the body of Christ that is essential to our mission. ”
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The mergers increase the number of parishes in the diocese from 81 to 70.