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Churches set to merge
Greece N.Y. Its the end of an era for a local church thats been part of the community for decades.
The Holy Name Parish of Jesus Christ was created to handle growing membership at the Saint Charles Borromeo Parish in 1964. 50 years later, the church is finding itself struggling to keep members, and will merge back with Saint Charles this month.
Many parishioners at Holy Name are still processing the news, like 14-year-old Oscar Tran.
Its all I can remember, Ive been going to church there my whole life, Tran said outside the church. I first heard last Sunday its going to close.
According to Father John Firpo, priest at Saint Charles Borromeo, declining attendance at Holy Name, along with fewer families living near the church contributed to the decision to merge Holy Name with St. Charles Parish.
Certainly theres a financial implication with the attendance, he added. So it was decided that it would be best for us to join resources so we could be a viable, energetic faith community in this part of Greece.
Firpo also said the nation-wide shortage of clergy factored into the decision as well.
Its not yet clear when the final mass at Holy Name will take place, but the merger is expected to begin on July 14th according to a letter from Reverend Salvatore Matano, Bishop of Rochester.