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Archdiocese of Allentown

Diocese drops appeal on church closings 5/5/2011

The Catholic Diocese of Allentown has dropped its appeal of a Vatican decree that said six churches shuttered during parish consolidations three years ago should never have been closed.

http://articles.mcall.com/2011-05-05/news/mc-allentown-diocese-church-appeals-20110505_1_apostolic-signatura-diocese-church-buildings

Catholic parishoners protest at closed church 3/19/2011

Parishioners tried to say the rosary inside St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bethlehem on Saturday afternoon but they couldn't get in. So their prayer took the tone of a protest.

http://articles.mcall.com/2011-03-19/news/mc-bethlehem-st-joseph-20110319_1_longtime-parishioners-bethlehem-parishes-allentown-diocese

Appeals to reopen closed US parishes see partial victories 3/14/2011

Catholic parishioners in nearly a dozen Pennsylvania and Massachusetts churches that were closed by their local bishop have won partial victories early this year in appeals to the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, said Peter Borre, a Boston Catholic actively engaged in fighting such closings in several dioceses.

http://ncronline.org/news/faith-parish/appeals-reopen-closed-us-parishes-see-partial-victories

Diocese appeals church rulings 3/10/2011

The Catholic Diocese of Allentown has appealed a Vatican ruling that said it was improper to close a number of churches, including St. Joseph's in south Bethlehem, during parish consolidation three years ago.

http://articles.mcall.com/2011-03-10/news/mc-allentown-diocese-appeals-20110310_1_apostolic-signatura-vatican-s-supreme-court-parishes

A split decision on church closings 1/29/2011

In St. Joseph's versus the Catholic Diocese of Allentown, the judges have offered a split decision, and no one's quite sure what it means for the future of the venerable south Bethlehem church.

http://articles.mcall.com/2011-01-29/news/mc-bethelem-saint-joseph-appeal-20110129_1_parishes-bethlehem-church-church-building

Parishioners hopeful Church may be reopened 1/12/2011

Parishioners of the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the New Columbus section of Nesquehoning are holding out hope that their church will reopen after two years of appeals to the Catholic Church in Rome.

http://standardspeaker.com/news/parishioners-hopeful-churches-may-be-reopened-1.1089118

Mahoney City church not closed? Parishioners ponder further appeal 1/11/2011

Members of the former St. Canicus Roman Catholic Parish have received an answer from the Vatican about their appeal regarding the closing of the church in a 2008 consolidation, but it has prompted more questions.

http://republicanherald.com/news/mahanoy-city-church-not-closed-parishioners-ponder-further-appeal-1.1088671

The last Mass.  In solemn ceremonies across the region, Catholic churches closed. 7/13/08

Meanwhile, parishioners at 22 of the affected churches will continue to appeal the closings. Bishop Edward Cullen has rejected two appeals so far, but the faithful have pledged to fight all the way to Rome. A group of disaffected congregants called the Coalition of Churches met in Bethlehem on Sunday to talk strategy and gather advice from Peter Borre, a Boston-based expert in challenging closures. Borre couldn't make the meeting but spoke to the group of about 175 people on speaker phone, according to Stephen Antalics, a parishioner at St. Joseph's in South Side Bethlehem, one of the churches being closed.

Overview of Allentown Church Closings Following the Diocese of Allentown's announcement of church consolidations and mergers, The REPUBLICAN & Herald will be profiling a local church that is closing each day through July 15, 2008. Profiles will include the history and background of the parish, the date it was founded, number of parishioners and name of pastor, as well as a photo of the church. Parishioners are welcome to share their memories of their churches in the comment sections of each profile.

Timeline Established for Planning Parish Consolidation and Restructuring
http://www.allentowndiocese.org/news/nr042007a.html

Diocese to survey parishioners
http://www.allentowndiocese.org/news/nr090607a.html

Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown

 

Diocese of Greesnburg

Local Churches Close Doors 12/31/07 http://wjactv.com/error

Diocese of Pittsburgh

Churches celebrate final Masses in three counties 12/31/07 http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribunereview/news/westmoreland/s_545243.html

Six Parishes Announce Building Closings; Each Parish to be Consolidated into One Church Building
http://diopitt.org/news_082607.php

Diocese of Scranton

Rome to hear Sacred Heart Plea 10/20/11

After years of recurring defeats in its quest to save Sacred Heart Church in Wilkes-Barre, a local group scored a late victory when the highest religious tribunal in the Roman Catholic Church agreed to hear its case.
http://www.timesleader.com/news/Rome_to_hear_Sacred_Heart_plea_10-20-2011.html

Parishioners of the Wilkes-Barre church, set to close, hold a rally as part of their campaign 5/22/2011

Parishioners from the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, slated to shut its doors in June, made a late-game attempt to preserve their place of worship Saturday.

http://www.timesleader.com/news/At_Sacred_Heart__a_fight_for_

survival_goes_on_05-22-2011.html

Appeals to reopen closed US parishes see partial victories 3/14/2011

Catholic parishioners in nearly a dozen Pennsylvania and Massachusetts churches that were closed by their local bishop have won partial victories early this year in appeals to the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, said Peter Borre, a Boston Catholic actively engaged in fighting such closings in several dioceses.

http://ncronline.org/news/faith-parish/appeals-reopen-closed-us-parishes-see-partial-victories

Consolidation moves forward after Vatican rejects appeals 2/22/2011

The consolidation of three parishes is moving forward after the Vatican rejected their parishioner appeals, according to the Diocese of Scranton.

http://standardspeaker.com/news/consolidation-moves-forward-after-vatican-rejects-appeals-1.1108499

Scranton Diocese Approached By International Scam Artist 7/28/08 http://www.pahomepage.com/content/fulltext/?cid=35001

Catholic churches may close under plan 7/21/08 http://www.wayneindependent.com/news/x223013883/Several-Catholic-churches-may-close-under-plan

Several Catholic churches may close under plan 7/21/08 http://www.wayneindependent.com/news/x223013883/Several-Catholic-churches-may-close-under-plan

Pocono Catholics can rest easy as diocese undergoes restructuring 2/8/08 http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080208/NEWS

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Wilkes Barre Group meets opposition from diocese to save local church (1/5/08)
SACRED HEART WILKES-BARRE FOUNDATION INC
1100 family parish that organized its own non-profit corporation to save their parish home.
http://www.shwbfoundation.com/

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