WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Twelve churches in Westchester will be merged as a result of a years-long review process by the Archdiocese of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced Sunday.
All told, 55 parishes from Staten Island to the Catskills will be merged, with the dozen in Westchester and none in Putnam.
Word of the first merger came Saturday when it was announced St. Vito's Church would become the parish church in Mamaroneck in a merger with Holy Trinity, which is about a mile away.
In Mount Vernon, Our Lady of Victory will become the parish church for Sacred Heart, Saint Mary will become the parish church for Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Peter & Paul will be the parish church for St. Ursula.
In Yonkers, St. Peter will be the parish church for St. Denis and Saint John the Baptist will now be the parish church for Most Holy Trinity.
It was also announced that the Salesian community will minister to Port Chester with one parish church and one church for sacraments.
“This time of transition in the history of the Archdiocese will undoubtedly be difficult for people who live in parishes that will merge," Cardinal Dolan said in a statement. "There will be many who are hurt and upset as they experience what will be a change in their spiritual lives, and I will be one of them.
"It will be our responsibility to work with everyone in these parishes so as to help make the change as smooth as we possibly can.”
There are 368 parishes in the archdiocese covering 10 counties in the NYC area. The merger review was performed by a panel of 40 advisers to determine what alterations needed to be made to stem the steady trickle of money the organization has been losing for years.
The board submitted its findings to Cardinal Dolan.
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