PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Two more local churches are merging together as congregation numbers drop.
Bishop David Zubik announced that Holy Cross Parish in East Pittsburgh will merge into Good Shepherd Parish, located in Braddock.READ MORE: Allegheny County Employee Fired For Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine Says He's Preparing A Legal Fight
Father Albert J. Semler will preside as pastor.
“No doubt, this is particularly painful for the parishioners of Holy Cross, who will experience the most dramatic changes this merger will bring,” Zubik said in a statement. “The parishioners of Good Shepherd, who have already sacrificed much that was precious to them in order to maintain a Catholic community, can certainly empathize and offer comfort and welcome. I am trusting in your strong faith, and in the love and power of the Holy Spirit, to carry you through this important change in your respective faith communities.”READ MORE: Death Of Driver Who Crashed Into Biomat USA Plasma Center In Pittsburgh Ruled A Suicide
Additionally, Saint Helen and Saint William churches will be permanently closed.
Saturday, it was reported that Saint Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church in Monongahela will close its doors next month.MORE NEWS: Clairton City School District Moves To Remote Learning On Friday After Threat