Two congregations become one

July 6, 2008 7:19:22 PM PDT
The faithful from two Catholic churches in Philadelphia are now one congregation. Today, marked the official start of a new church under the name Saint Francis De Sales: United by the Most Blessed Sacrament.

It is a combination of the St. Francis de Sales Church and The Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, which were about 10 blocks apart from another.

Declining membership at Most Blessed Sacrament led to the merger, but now a new stronger congregation is expected to grow in Southwest Philadelphia.