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Boston Archdiocese announces 21 new parish collaboratives

The Archdiocese of Boston on Friday announced 21 new parish collaboratives that will encompass 44 existing parishes.

It is the second phase of the archdiocese’s plan to group its parishes as a way to conserve resources. In the first phase, 28 parishes were aligned into 12 collaboratives.

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The Rev. Paul Soper, director of pastoral planning for the Catholic archdiocese, said in a statement that church officials are “learning much from the Phase One implementation, which will serve us well as we begin Phase Two.”

The reorganization is part of a plan to address declining Mass attendance, financial struggles, and a shrinking number of priests, the Globe reported earlier this year.

The reorganization, church officials say, will help parishes share resources. Each parish will remain open, but as part of a collaborative with one pastor leading a team of priests, one parish council, and one finance council.

“Throughout this process we continue to work cooperatively with the priests, religious, and laity in our parishes to implement the vision articulated” in the plan, Auxiliary Bishop Robert Deeley, vicar general of the archdiocese, said in the statement.

The archdiocese said it would use its Office of Pastoral Planning’s website,, to post a range of information on the collaboratives, including 23 years’ worth of statistics on Mass attendance; demographic reports; maps; links to parish websites; and detailed three-year financial reports on each parish.

The parishes covered by Friday’s announcement and their 21 collaboratives:

 St. Anne, Littleton, and St. Catherine, Westford.

  Holy Family, Amesbury, and Star of the Sea, Salisbury.

  St. Dorothy and St. Thomas, Wilmington.

  Blessed Sacrament and St. Margaret, Saugus.

  St. Joseph and St. Francis, Medford.

  Our Lady of Good Voyage and Holy Family, Gloucester.

  St. Clare and St. Francis of Assisi, Braintree.

  St. Mary, Hanover, and St. Helen, Norwell.

  Sacred Heart, St. Ann, and St. Mary, Quincy.

  St. Agatha, Milton (standing alone).

  Immaculate Conception and St. James, Stoughton.

  St. Elizabeth, Acton, and St. Isidore, Stow.

  St. Patrick and St. Linus, Natick.

  Our Lady of Sorrows, Sharon, and Blessed Sacrament and St. Mary, Walpole.

  Most Precious Blood, Hyde Park, St. Pius, Milton, and St. Anne, Readville.

  St. Ann and St. Brendan, Dorchester.

  St. Agnes, Middleton, and St. Rose, Topsfield.

  St. Edward, Medfield, and St. Jude, Norfolk.

  Holy Ghost, Whitman, and St. Bridget, Abington.

  St. Michael, North Andover (standing alone).

  Immaculate Conception, Holy Trinity, and St. Anthony, Lowell.

Martin Finucane can be reached at martin.finucane@
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