Three sets of parishes in the Archdiocese of Baltimore will be merged effective July 1 under a plan announced by Archbishop William Lori.
Since the parishes have already been working together for years, the mergers are designed to promote efficiency and make administration easier within the Archdiocese without adversely changing the way the churches operate.
According to The Catholic Review:
- Augustine Parish in Elkridge and Ascension Parish in Halethorpe will merge and become known as the Catholic Community of Ascension and St. Augustine.
- The Crucifixion, Good Shepherd and Holy Trinity parishes in Glen Burnie will become Christ the King Parish.
- St. Francis of Assisi in Brunswick and St. Mary in Petersville will become St. Francis of Assisi-St. Mary Parish.
Father C. Lou Martin, pastor of the new Christ the King parish, told the Catholic Review that the Glen Burnie parishes have been working together for approximately a decade and that the new parish is already considering building a new church to serve the community. Each of the churches presently seats only about 250 people, requiring 10 Masses in English and two in Spanish every weekend, the Review noted.
Monsignor Robert J. Jaskot, pastor of St. Francis and St. Mary, said those parishes have been working closely for more than 30 years. “This is merely a formality to recognize that,” he told the Review.
Several thousand families are members of the parishes affected by the mergers, according to the Archdiocese.
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