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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis will close three parishes in the city as part of a restructuring brought on by factors including declining Mass attendance, fewer priests and economic challenges, Archbishop Joseph Tobin said Wednesday.

Holy Cross and St. Bernadette parishes on the city's east side and Holy Trinity on the near west side will be merged into nearby parishes in November, Tobin said during a news conference at Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. Four other Indianapolis parishes will start sharing pastors.

"I can well understand that some of these decisions, especially those regarding the Holy Cross, St. Bernadette and Holy Trinity parishes are difficult to accept," Tobin said in prepared remarks. The remarks went on to say, "I recognize that there will be grief for the members of the three parishes that will close and sincerely regret the pain these decisions will cause."

The affected parishes can appeal the decisions.

Other factors in the restructurings include demographic shifts in Catholic populations, the density of parishes in limited geographical areas and a review of parish facilities, Tobin said.

The closures are part of a restructuring affecting 47 parishes in Indianapolis and adjacent Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson and Morgan counties. A review that began 16 months ago so far has also resulted in the closing or consolidations of numerous parishes in the diocese's Terre Haute and Batesville deaneries. It also will include five other deaneries that haven't gone through restructuring yet.

The archdiocese includes about 225,000 Catholics in 39 counties in central and southern Indiana.

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  • Holy Cross neighborhood
    If the church closes, does that neighborhood have to change names? Too bad Market East is already taken.
  • How sad it is!
    Holy Cross serves three generations of families. The people of Holy Cross have worked so hard to up the attendance at mass, serve the poor in the neighborhood, help the homeless, and on and on. The have a beautiful school that truly emphasis and teaches the children so many worthwhile and necessary things. The eight grade goes on mission trips to help others. They are out of debt and on the upswing. Why would you cut off the head of a church that does so much for everyone and truly lives the Catholic Faith! It is a shame the Archdiocese has not taken all of this into account. They simply said attendance was down, which it is not, the church needed so much repair, population has shifted, shortage of priests, etc. We have shared a priest for the past four years. Why can't it still be that way? I t does not make sense to all of us who love Holy Cross so much. How can a Catholic School survive without a place for the students to go to mass and without a parish to be involved in? And, let us not forget the beautiful music of Holy Cross. Everyone and anyone who has come to the services at Holy Cross has always been so impressed! It is truly a sad day when the Archdiocese chooses to close a parish that for over 100 years has meant so much to so many!!!!!!!

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