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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

At the end of an unnecesscary journey

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Parishioners feel pain of church closings

Parishioners at five Roman Catholic churches in Johnstown’s Cambria City neighborhood understand what lies at the end of the journey that began when the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese announced in February that it would merge the congregations.

* St. Stephen’s will serve as the home church for the new parish, while St. Rochus will be part of what Bishop Joseph Adamec called the “parish complex,” but will no longer offer Mass.

* SS. Casimir & Emerich, Immaculate Conception and St. Columba are scheduled to close by July, when the merger is to be complete.
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