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Mass mutual! Two Slope Catholic churches to merge

for The Brooklyn Paper

Two Park Slope Catholic churches that are just six blocks away from each other will merge some operations by June, church officials confirmed on Monday.

St. Augustine’s and St. Francis Xavier, both on Sixth Avenue, are appointing committee members to oversee the combining of services of the two churches.

Neither church will be shuttered, Diocese officials claim, but some services and office hours will be consolidated so both churches aren’t running similar programs at the same time.

“The discussions have been in terms of administration — how the two parishes would work better together,” said Diocese spokesman Kieran Harrington.

The news comes during a time of general economic hardship for the Brooklyn Diocese, which is consolidating some of its 198 houses of worship in the so-called Borough of Churches.

Harrington said the Park Slope consolidation is more about location than financial hardship: Neither church is broke now, but running two similar churches blocks away is wasteful, he said.

“It seems to make better sense that if you have two churches six blocks away you would leverage your services to better serve the people of the community,” he said.

“The point of it is to find some efficiencies.”

The pastors are currently appointing parishioners to a “collaborative committee” that will guide the merging, Harrington said.

St. Francis Xavier pastor, Rev. William Reuger, made the stunning announcement to his congregation at services on Sunday at the gorgeous, 107-year-old Carroll Street cathedral.

The gothic St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, at Sterling Place, dates back to 1886, and was originally a spiritual home to German and Irish immigrants.

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Freddie from Park Slope says:
god couldn't support 2 churches with his super powers? Finally, proof that there is no god!!!
March 30, 2011, 9:08 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
sounds like a gay marriage to me!
March 30, 2011, 11:17 am
JC from Kensington says:
Sad news, but necessary for efficiency's sake. Both are among the most beautiful buildings in all of Brooklyn, so I'm glad that they won't be shut down.

BTW, St. Francis Xavier is not a "cathedral" as the article states in the second-to-last paragraph. It is just a lovely church.
March 30, 2011, 1:49 pm
annie from park slope says:
Hey Freddie, if there is no God, why are you mentioning Him?
June 23, 2011, 10:28 pm

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