Dozens Of Pittsburgh Catholic Parishes Now Officially Combined

 A total of 188 parishes are affected

Melinda Roeder
October 15, 2018 - 2:14 pm
Bishop David Zubik

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Dozens of Catholic parishes officially combined today as part of a restructuring within the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  A total of 188 parishes are affected. They’ve been organized into groupings that will ultimately comprise 57 new parishes. 

Some changes took effect right away, including new priest assignments.  Bishop David Zubik says 65% of priests have moved into new positions.  Most local Catholics will also see changes in the weekly mass schedule.  However, Zubik says no church buildings are closing and no staff will be laid off for at least a few months. 

“I think it’s really important for the priests to get to know their people and the people to get to know their priests and all of these other decisions that might be made about what’s going to happen in all these new groupings, that needs to be on the back burner for at least the first six months, if not longer.”

Zubik acknowledged that this is a particularly tumultuous time for the diocese.  The restructuring comes on the heels of a scathing state grand jury report that implicated more than 90 priests who were accused of sexual abuse over the past several decades.  Zubik says he is prayerful that Catholics will remain faithful and continue to attend mass.

“The ground of our faith is Jesus and he is the one who can help us with these mergers and he is the one who can help us heel as a church too.”

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