The Port Richmond enclave of Philadelphia has numerous Catholic churches, but the Archdiocese has decided to change how several of the parishes are adminstered.
The consolidation of four Port Richmond churches will take place over the next two years, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced at service Sunday, but instead of "merging," parishes will enter into "partnerships."
"Partnership differs from merger in that the partnering parishes each remain open and retain parish status," the Archdiocese announced.
However, partnered parishes will share one pastor, one pastoral council and one staff.
In June 2016, Our Lady Help of Christians Parish will join with Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, and Mother of Divine Grace Parish will partner with Saint George Parish.
In June 2017, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Mother of Divine Grace Parish and Saint George Parish wil all be partnered up.
Saint Adalbert Parish will remain a free standing parish.