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Church closure decisions coming next year

Local parishes to make recommendations to panel, Bishop Hubbard

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With a shortage of priests and dwindling attendance at Masses, Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany has not ruled out church closings, but parishioners will have to wait until January 2009, when he announces which churches will close or be consolidated. Diocesan spokesman Ken Goldfarb said on Tuesday that Hubbard will receive recommendations from parishes in June. After that, a panel will convene to review the recommendations and Hubbard is ...


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