Catholic Churches Consider Merger; Consolidation Is Being Discussed for Roman Catholic Churches in Brookline and Beechview as They Confront Dwindling Membership and Attendance. [Derived Headline]

By Ferral, Katelyn | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 18, 2015 | Go to article overview

Catholic Churches Consider Merger; Consolidation Is Being Discussed for Roman Catholic Churches in Brookline and Beechview as They Confront Dwindling Membership and Attendance. [Derived Headline]


Ferral, Katelyn, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Consolidation is being discussed for Roman Catholic churches in Brookline and Beechview as they confront dwindling membership and attendance.

More than 150 members of St. Catherine of Siena and St. Pamphilus in Beechview and Our Lady of Loreto, St. Pius X and Resurrection in Brookline gathered Sunday at St. Pius X to hear information about that decline and offer feedback.

Membership across those five parishes decreased 21 percent in five years, from 2,642 members in 2010 to 2,076 in 2014, according to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Diocesan representatives led the assembly that centered on how the parishes might merge and what should be considered if that process moves forward, said John Flaherty, secretary for parish life for the Pittsburgh diocese. A Tribune-Review reporter was asked to leave the meeting but spoke to diocesan officials and parish members later.

The diocese plans to examine the locations of the churches, where most members live, the value and function of each building, and which buildings could best serve the region when considering how to consolidate, Flaherty said.

The diocese established a committee with two representatives from each church that has been studying the issue for eight months, he said.

Half of the meeting was dedicated to presenting information and sharing steps in the planning process, and the other half was about listening to members' questions and thoughts, Flaherty said. …

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