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Parishes start to pool assets

First group of churches named in bid to reorganize archdiocese

The Roman Catholic Arch­diocese of Boston identified 28 parishes Thursday that are part of the first wave of a major reorganization intended to address declining Mass attendance, finan­cial struggles, and a shrinking number of priests.

The reorganization, to be phased in across all 288 parishes over five years, is designed to help parishes share resources. Archdiocesan officials hope the plan will reverse troubling trends by making parishes stronger, better organized, and ­focused on bringing more people to church.

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