SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. (EWTN News) — Faithful from St. Mary, St. Hedwig and Notre Dame Churches gathered to celebrate Sunday Mass together at the new Blessed John Paul II Parish on July 3.
“It became a bit of a homecoming,” said Father Peter Joyce, the pastor of the new parish, in a July 5 interview with EWTN News. “All these people on any given Sunday worshipped in different places, even though we worshipped as Catholics. Now we are all together.”
The new parish will be based at Notre Dame Church, though Father Joyce plans to utilize the other church buildings for weddings and daily Mass.
The merger of the three parishes was proposed after months of public meetings between parish...READ MORE