The Archdiocese of Philadelphia plans to close two Catholic churches in Bucks County by merging them with two nearby parishes.
The Bucks County Courier Times says Archbishop Charles Chaput will decide May 30 whether to accept a proposal from a strategic planning committee to close Immaculate Conception Church at 5203 Emilie Rd. in Bristol Township and St. Joseph the Worker Church at 9172 New Falls Rd. in Falls Twp.
If the churches close, Immaculate Conception's 3,300 parishioners would merge with Queen of the Universe Church, at 2443 Trenton Rd., Bristol Twp., which has about 6,900 members. The combined weekend attendance for both churches is about 2,250.
St. Joseph the Worker would merge with St. Frances Cabrini, located at 325 South Oxford Valley Road in Fairless Hill. The merger would give the new parish nearly 8,000 members.
The merging parish churches would remain open as worship sites for at least a year.
In both instances, the merging churches are within three miles of one another.