Forty parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will merge into 14 new groups in January, Bishop David Zubik announced on Saturday.
Changes will take place on January 4 and will affect churches in the area, from Mount Washington and Moon to South Hills and Shadyside.
Zubik said it was a pivotal time for future planning and the mission was to strengthen the diocese.
“For two years, you have walked together on a path which is destined to unite you in the mission of bringing the good news of Jesus to your neighbors and of strengthening you all in the faith,” he wrote in a letter to parishioners .
The move is part of the ongoing program “On Mission for the Living Church! Initiative, designed to help capitalize on the resources of individual parishes before they are wasted.
The diocese spans the counties of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and Washington. It had 200 parishes in 2015, but has streamlined them considerably over the years.
The January merger will reduce the total of diocesan parishes from 107 to 81.
Each of the mergers was requested by the parish priest / administrator of the group, after discussions with the parishioners.
Zubik cited the changing demographics of the region, saying that “southwestern Pennsylvania is radically different from what it was 100, 50, 20 or even 10 years ago.”
“Yet the work of the church and our call from God to bring His love to everyone continues as strong as ever,” Zubik said.
The changes will position each new parish for efficiency in meeting financial needs, sharing resources and allowing leaders to focus on spiritual work, he added.
The 14 new parishes are:
- Mary, Queen of Peace (Mt. Washington / South Side), composed of Sainte Marie du Mont (Mount Washington) and Prince of Peace (South Side.)
- Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Coraopolis / Crescent / Moon), composed of Saint Catherine of Siena (Crescent), Saint Joseph (Coraopolis) and Saint Marguerite Marie (Moon Township.)
- Our Lady of Hope (Bethel Park / South Park / Whitehall), consisting of Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin (Whitehall), Saint Germaine (Bethel Park), Nativity (South Park) and Saint Valentin (Bethel Park.)
- Notre-Dame de la Vallée (Beaver / Freedom / New Brighton / Rochester), composed of Saint Cecilia (Rochester), Saint Felix (Liberty), Sainte Famille (New Brighton) and Saints Peter and Paul (Castor.)
- Resurrection (Bethel Park / Upper Saint Clair), consisting of Saint John Capistran (Upper Saint Clair) and Saint Thomas More (Bethel Park.)
- Sainte Catherine Laboure (South Park / Haute Sainte-Claire), composed of Sainte Jeanne d’Arc (South Park) and Sainte Louise de Marillac (Haute Sainte-Claire.)
- Sainte Claire d’Assise (Carbon Center / Chicora / North Oakland), made up of Saint Joseph (North Oakland), Mater Dolorosa (Chicora) and Saint Wendelin (Carbon Center.)
- Saint Faustina (Northern Butler County), consisting of Saint Alphonsus (Boyers / Murrinsville / West Sunbury), Saint Christopher (Prospect) and Saint Peter (Slippery Rock.)
- Saint Francis of Assisi (Cabot / Coylesville / Herman), consisting of Saint John (Coylesville), Saint Joseph (Cabot) and Saint Mary of the Assumption (Herman.)
- Saints Joachim and Anne (Elizabeth / Glassport / South Allegheny Area), consisting of Saint Mark (Liberty Borough / Port Vue), Saint Michael (Elizabeth) and Queen of the Rosary (Glassport.)
- Saint Jude (Morningside / Shadyside / Stanton Heights), consisting of Saint Raphael (Morningside / Stanton Heights / Upper Lawrenceville) and Sacré-Cœur (Shadyside.)
- Saintes Marthe et Marie (Hampton / Richland), composed of Saint Catherine of Sweden (Canton of Hampton) and Saint Richard (Township of Richland.)
- Saint Matthew (Etna / Glenshaw / Millvale / Reserve), composed of All Saints (Etna), Saint Aloysius (Reserve Township), Saint Bonaventure (Glenshaw) and Saint-Esprit (Millvale.)
- Saint Raphael the Archangel (Carnegie / Green Tree / Scott), made up of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (Carnegie), Saint Margaret of Scotland (Green Tree) and Saints Simon and Jude (Scott Township.) To learn more, visit diopitt.org.