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UPDATED: Archdiocese of Philadelphia Announces Parishes to Merge

After the mergers, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will have 219 parishes, down from 266.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will close and merge 16 area churches, according to media reports. After the closures, the archdiocese will have 219 parishes, down from 266, the Inquirer reported.

Five of the affected Catholic churches are located in Lower Bucks County and six are located in Montgomery County. The Bucks County churches, located in Bristol, Bensalem and Falls, will merge with nearby parishes, the Bucks County Courier Times reported.

According to information reported by 6 ABC, the following changes in will take effect July 1:

Bucks County

Saint Mark and Saint Ann, both in Bristol, will merge and keep the name Saint Mark. The worship site will be the Saint Ann church building.

Saint Charles Borromeo and Our Lady of Fatima, both in Bensalem, will merge and keep the name Saint Charles Borromeo The worship site will be the Our Lady of Fatima church building.

Saint Thomas Aquinas and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton will merge and keep the name Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton church building will become the worship site

Saint Frances Cabrini and Saint Joseph the Worker will and keep the name of Saint Frances Cabrini. The Saint Joseph the Worker church building will become the worship site.

Queen of the Universe and Immaculate Conception, both in Levittown, will merge and keep the name of Queen of the Universe. The Immaculate Conception church will be the worship site.

Delaware County 
Saint George and Holy Spirit will merge and keep the name of Saint George Parish. The Holy Spirit church building will be the worship site.

Saint Gabriel and Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque will merge and keep the name of Saint Gabriel Parish. The Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque church building will be the worship site.

Our Lady of Peace and Notre Dame de Lourdes will merge and keep the name of Our Lady of Peace Parish. The Notre Dame de Lourdes church building will be the worship site.

Montgomery County 
Sacred Heart, Saint Augustine and Our Lady of Mount Carmel will merge at the location and keep the name Sacred Heart Parish. The Saint Augustine and Our Lady of Mount Carmel church buildings will become worship sites.

Saint Matthew, Saint Gertrude, Saint Mary and Saints Cosmas and Damian will merge and keep the name of Saint Matthew Parish. The Saint Gertrude, Saint Mary, and Saints Cosmas and Damian church buildings will become worship sites.

Queen of Peace and Saint John of the Cross will merge and keep the name of Queen of Peace Parish. The worship site will be Saint John of the Cross church.

Philadelphia
Saint Monica and Saint Edmond will merge and keep the name of Saint Monica Parish. The Saint Edmond church building will be the worship site.

Saint Richard and Holy Spirit will merge and keep the name of Saint Richard Parish. The Holy Spirit church building will be the worship site. 

joei54 June 02, 2014 at 07:22 PM
Tracey not sure if you know this but the money that you put in your envelopes every week does not stay in YOUR parish. The Archdiocese gets a cut ... JUST like our school tuition money ...the school collects the tuition mails the checks to Philadelphia and in return the Archdiocese gets 40% ... and ALLOWS the individual schools to keep 60%. The nuns use to get $1.00 a day for teaching, when I was in grade school. What they didn't need at the end of the month they had to turn in ...since they took a vow of poverty. The priest never took that same vow to follow Christ. Only HIS DISCIPLES DID when they walked with HIM .. when HE walked among us.
Mary-Fran Connelly June 02, 2014 at 10:19 PM
Who was it who said, "the last great obstacle between man and God is religion."? Aquinas?
Mary T Pierce June 03, 2014 at 09:52 AM
Mary Pierce pycmom4@yahoo.com My family and I are members of St Elizabeth ann seton and I am not happy with the merging with St Thomas in Croydon. We received no explanation as to why the Archbishop was closing us . We can stand on our own, we are self sufficient and debt free and a thriving parish, I am a very involved with our church and have been for 23 years. MY FAITH IS VERY STRONG AND THIS HAS BEEN home parish since 1981. A Eucharistic Minister, a ccd teacher, on the ministry of consolation, help out with our childrens choir, and my children were altar servers until they graduated from h.s and helped out in ccd as aides. In Our church we all have a special bond with each other and we support one another . I have been to witness and worship God in other churches and cannot wait to come to my home parish where people participate and sing and I love the music director Hank Wadja and love to hear him play. I know I will not be registering in St Thomas church anytime soon. I want to continue to go to SEAS and worship and be with my family in church. This is my home and my family for worship.
kimscola96 June 03, 2014 at 12:05 PM
My family and I are members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. We are very upset by this decision. We are a debt free parish with plenty of parking. We are a small parish with about 350 families and that's what makes it so special and close knit. My children just made their Penance and First Communion,it was beautiful the way the parish did it,b/c we are so small and it was so personal! St Thomas has no parking, our Pastor Father Mike will be forced into retirement and our CCD teachers are out of a job in which they do for free and volunteer their time to teach the children! We will not be registering with St. Thomas, we will continue to go to mass at SEAS until the doors close for good!
St June 06, 2014 at 06:31 AM
I'm not superstitious

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