PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) At the start of 2020 The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will merge and create eight new parishes around the city.
Starting January 6, 2020, just over 20 parishes will be merging to form eight new parishes.
This move is coming in attempt to continue the work of their “On Mission for the Church Alive!” initiative.
The plan is to prioritize missions, have a deeper relationship with Jesus and being younger Catholics to church.
The eight new parishes will be:
· Archangel Gabriel (Kennedy/McKees Rocks/Robinson), which brings together the parishes of Holy Trinity (Robinson), Saint John of God (McKees Rocks) and Saint Malachy (Kennedy)
· Christ the Divine Shepherd (Monroeville/Penn Hills), which brings together the parishes of Saint Bartholomew (Penn Hills), Saint Bernadette (Monroeville), Saint Gerard Majella (Penn Hills), North American Martyrs (Monroeville) and Saint Susanna (Penn Hills)
· Corpus Christi (Bridgeville/Cecil), which brings together the parishes of Saint Barbara (Bridgeville), Holy Child (Bridgeville) and Saint Mary (Cecil)
· Divine Mercy (City Center/Hill District), which brings together the parishes of Saint Benedict the Moor (Hill District), Epiphany (Uptown) and Saint Mary of Mercy (The Point/Gateway Center)
· Divine Redeemer (Aleppo/Sewickley), which brings together the parishes of Saint James (Sewickley) and Saint Mary (Aleppo)
· Mary, Mother of God (McKeesport/North Versailles/Versailles/White Oak), which brings together the parishes of Saint Angela Merici (White Oak), Corpus Christi (McKeesport), Saint Patrick (McKeesport, Versailles) and Saint Robert Bellarmine (East McKeesport)
· Saint Andrew the Apostle (Charleroi/Donora/Monongahela), which brings together the parishes of Saint Damien of Molokai (Monongahela), Mary, Mother of the Church (Charleroi) and Our Lady of the Valley (Donora)
· Saint Mary Magdalene (East End/Point Breeze/Wilkinsburg), which brings together the parishes of Saint Bede (Point Breeze), Saint Charles Lwanga (East End) and Saint James (Wilkinsburg).
Source: The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
At this moment, no buildings will be closing, as discussions continue regarding where the parishes will occur.
According to a release from the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, every merger came at the request of the priest-administrator of each parish after consultations with parishioners.
The merger will drop the number of parishes in the city from 170 to 152.
Bishop David Zubik noted that the merger will create a more effective ministry.