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‘I have such a deep pain’ – Camden Merge Parishioner

Here is another article on merging parishes. This one is in the Diocese of Camden.

PHILLY.com

On July 31, St. Joe’s and the city’s five other remaining parishes — of the dozen that existed in the early 1970s — will be merged to form three new ones, marking the end of what for generations had been a collection of stand-alone parishes rooted in neighborhoods with distinctive ethnic identities.

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“I have such a deep pain,” said Cramer Hill resident Lydia Braggs, 90, who helped establish the first Spanish-language Mass at St. Anthony’s in 1971. “The only thing that makes me a little bit happy,” she added, “is that we will still have Masses at St. Anthony’s.”

I wonder if there is a patron saint of closing churches. St. John of Nowhere?

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