Diocese of Pittsburgh announces 10 parishes will be merged into 3 in July
Three new merged parishes will be created on July 1, 2022.
Three groupings of parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will merge on July 1 to create three new parishes, Bishop David Zubik announced on Saturday.
Ten parishes will be part of the mergers.
The mergers will increase the number of parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh from 70 to 63.
In a letter to parishioners, Bishop Zubik wrote, “It was no easy task. Jesus never promised that it would be easy to carry his message of love and mercy to others. However, you are positioning your new parish for more effective ministry by meeting financial needs, sharing resources, and allowing your clergy to focus on the spiritual work for which they were ordained. With your faith in Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, I invite you to warmly welcome yourselves and serve one another by becoming one parish family.
The three new parishes are:
• Divine Grace (Cranberry/Ellwood City/Zelianople). This includes the parishes of Saint Ferdinand (Cranberry Township), St. Gregory (Evans City/Zelianople) and Holy Redeemer (Ellwood City/Koppel/Wampum).
• Regina Coeli (Bellevue/Emsworth/Franklin Park). This merges the parishes of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Bellevue), St. John Neumann (Franklin Park) and Sacred Heart (Emsworth).
• Saint Luke the Evangelist (Ambridge/Baden/Conway/Franklin Park). This combines the parishes of Good Samaritan (Ambridge), St. John the Baptist (Baden), Sts. John and Paul (Franklin Park/Marshall Township) and Our Lady of Peace (Conway).
According to a press release from the diocese, each of the mergers was requested by the pastor-administrator of the group after extensive consultation with the parishioners. Bishop Zubik consulted with the Council of Diocesan Priests and Vicars General before approving each request.
The mergers are part of the ongoing On Mission for The Church Alive! strategic planning initiative, which is designed to help parishes mobilize their resources to prioritize mission over maintenance.
“This is a pivotal time for our diocese as we plan for the future of the Church of Pittsburgh,” Zubik said. “Southwestern Pennsylvania is dramatically different than it was 100, 50, 20, even 10 years ago, but the work of the Church and our call from God to bring His love to all continues as well. stronger than ever.”