AllSaints_Diag1_WEB All Saints church. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Church Project.

Two Bridesburg parishes, All Saints and St. John Cantius, will become one as of July 1, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday.

The combined parish, which will be named simply St. John Cantius, will have a new pastor by the end of the month, according to the statement.

"This merger is the result of ongoing restructuring that will ultimately strengthen parish communities throughout the archdiocese, positioning them for future growth and sustainability," the statement said.

 

With two parishes serving a limited geographic area, along with a drop in attendance and demographic shifts, the archdiocese said the decision was based on many factors.

A committee consisting of pastors and lay people from both parishes would see the transition through.

The archdiocese announced intentions to merge parishes in 2011 after experiencing financial difficulties, lower mass attendance and shrinking Catholic population.

The All Saints church will not be closed.

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