Diocese will merge four South Pittsburgh area church parishes
According to a news release from the Diocese, the pastors of all ten parishes had petitioned Bishop Zubik for the changes following study and consultation with their parish pastoral and finance councils and with the broader membership. The bishop’s decision was scheduled to be announced in the parishes June 11-12.
The mergers are either a response to financial pressures that could not wait for the upcoming diocesan strategic planning initiative, On Mission for the Church Alive!, or the result of discussions that had already advanced so far that the pastor did not think it was wise to wait for the On Mission process, according to the release. All parishes, including the three resulting from these mergers, will participate in On Mission when consultations begin in September.
In South Pittsburgh and surrounding communities, the parishes of Saint Albert the Great in Baldwin, Saint Basil and Saint Wendelin in Carrick, and Saint Norbert in Overbrook will merge on Thursday, Sept. 1, to form Holy Apostles Parish.
All four church buildings will remain open for worship. The four parishes have worked together under one pastor, Father Stephen A. Kresak, since May 2014 and already share many ministries.
“Your parishes have been a shining example of how to work together to witness the love and mercy of Jesus,” Bishop Zubik wrote in a letter to the parishes. “This unification will eliminate quadruplicated administration, allowing Father Kresak, Father Sedor and the parish staff more time and energy for pastoral care and evangelization.”
The parishes of Ascension in Ingram, Guardian Angels in the West End and Holy Innocents in Sheraden will merge into Saint Philip Parish in Crafton, effective Monday, August 1, 2016.
On Friday, July 1, Saint Matthias Parish in Evans City will merge into Saint Gregory Parish in Zelienople, the parish from which it was created more than 75 years ago.