The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced today that Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, has approved a recommendation to merge two sets of parishes in Phoenixville.
Holy Trinity Parish and Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish will merge and keep the name of Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish. These two parishes are located directly across the street from one another. Holy Trinity Church will remain as a worship site.
Sacred Heart Parish and Saint Ann Parish will merge and keep the name of Saint Ann Parish. The two parishes are less than 0.75 miles away from each other. Sacred Heart Church will remain as a worship site.
These changes are a result of the Pastoral Planning Initiative that began in 2011. Decisions were made by the Archdiocese according to factors like demographic shifts in Catholic populations, concentrated density of parishes in a limited geographic area, history of declining Mass attendance and sacramental activity, increasing economic challenges that threaten sustainability, a decrease in the availability of clergy to staff parishes, and a review of facilities.