Pittsburgh diocese announces first wave of parish mergers
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The Diocese of Pittsburgh has announced the first results of a sweeping reorganization of its parishes, creating five new parishes and designating five former parish churches as shrines.
Pittsburgh, Pa., (CNA) - These changes are the first results of the "On Mission for The Church Alive" initiative, charged with reordering the parochial landscape of the diocese to accommodate fewer priests and shifting parish attendance. The plan, first announced in 2018, will eventually see the 188 parishes of the diocese consolidated into 58 new groupings.
The announced changes will go into effect on July 1, 2019.
In a letter to the clergy and parishioners of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Bishop David A. Zubik credited the soon-to-be-merged parishes for working "extremely hard" since October of last year to create strong relationships between the communities.
"These five parish groupings have worked extremely hard since last October to foster relationships and, after consultation in the groupings, were prepared to share with me their desire and readiness to form a new parish community," the bishop wrote in the May 18 letter.
The parish grouping plan was approved unanimously by the diocesan college of consultors and does not include plans for the closure of any church buildings.
Zubik expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in the creation of these new parishes, as their work went "beyond the practical matters related to merging parishes, and highlights the work being done to encourage their respective parishioners to deepen their relationship with Jesus and with each other."
This, said Zubik, "is the most important reason for On Mission."
The five churches of Greene County will be combined into the single new parish of Saint Matthias Parish, and served by a pastoral team of two priests and two deacons. The new parish of Christ Our Savior will be made up of the four former parishes of Pittsburgh's North Side, and will be led by four priests and a deacon.
Seven parish churches located in the New Castle area will collectively become the parish of the Holy Spirit Parish, and will have four priests and two deacons. The parishes of Saint Anne, in Castle Shannon and Saint Winifred, in Mount Lebanon, will merge under the new name of Saint Paul of the Cross. The clergy team for this parish is two priests and two deacons.
The newly created Saint Teresa of Kolkata Parish will consist of five parishes from Beechview and Brookline, and will be served by three priests and two deacons.
In addition to the groupings, five downtown parish buildings of historic and spiritual value will be designated as shrines, and served by a clergy team for the "Shrines of Pittsburgh Grouping." The clergy team will consist of two full-time priests, one priest assisting on a part-time basis, and a deacon.
One parish building, the Corpus Christi Church building of Saint Charles Lwanga Parish in Pittsburgh's East End, will close as part of this reorganization.
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