Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has approved a plan to merge four parishes in lower Northeast Philadelphia. Saint Adalbert Parish, Saint George Parish, and Mother of Divine Grace Parish will combine with Nativity B.V.M. Parish effective July 1.
The merger, announced Sunday, was attributed to demographic shifts in the Roman Catholic population and a high density of parishes in a small area. The archdiocese also cited declines in Mass attendance and the availability of priests to staff parishes.
Current parishioners will attend daily and Sunday Mass at the church of the newly formed parish at Nativity B.V.M. at 2535 E. Allegheny Ave. in the Port Richmond neighborhood. Services in Polish will continue to be held at Saint Adalbert Parish.