Bishop Tobin approves Woonsocket parish merger

By: Sarah E. Rooney

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) – Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has authorized the combination of three Woonsocket parishes into one location and community.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence released Monday that three communities, all under the leadership of Reverend Daniel J. Sweet, will be merging to form a new parish. The three parishes included in the merger are the Holy Family Church; Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs Church; and Sacred Heart.

The merger will be effective July 1, 2018 and the new, combined community will be called the Holy Trinity Parish. According to the release, Rev. Sweet will continue on as the parish priest.

The decision to combine the three parishes comes after deliberation over factors including declining population and sacramental practices, financial considerations, and the presiding of only one priest, Rev. Sweet, over three communities.

Bishop Tobin released the following statement regarding his decision:

“The merger of the three parishes in Woonsocket marks a hopeful new beginning. I pray that it will inspire the parishioners to come together in a unified family of faith to strengthen the life of the Church.  I commend Father Sweet and the members of the new parish for their generosity and patience in the consultative process that has led to this decision”

The meeting place of the Holy Trinity Parish will be located at the Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs Church starting July 1, 2018.

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