MERIDEN – Five parishes in the city will be merged, according to a decree from the Archdiocese of Hartford.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Saint Joseph, Saint Laurent, Saint Mary and Holy Angels Church will merge and become Our Lady Queen of Angels parish.
The new parish will be based at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The other four churches will remain as places for worship. There will be no regular scheduled masses as Saint Laurent and Saint Mary.
According to the archdiocese, the merger was prompted by a decline in mass attendance and a recognition that the ethnic enclaves that founded the churches no longer exist.
Saint Joseph and Saint Mary already share a pastor and Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint Laurent share a pastor too, as well as our resources.
The decree also said that church officials considered the number of parishes in Meriden and decided they needed to coordinate pastoral care throughout the city.
Meriden’s St. Stanislaus and Wallingford’s SS Peter and Paul will be merging as well and will become St. Faustina.
In Cheshire, St. Bridget, St. Thomas Becket and Church of the Epiphany are merging to form St. Bridget of Sweden. The Church of the Epiphany will be closing.
The mergers are a part of a diocesan wide Pastoral Plan and the statewide list can be found here.
The decree will go into effect on June 29, 2017.