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Diocese to start planning for ‘clustering' parishes

Waterford -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich will hold informational meetings tonight and next Monday on "clustering" parishes in the New London deanery.

The deanery covers the southern end of New London County and encompasses 13 parishes.

Representatives of the diocese will talk about what is involved in pastoral planning; why the process is beginning in this area; and what the goals are, both for parishes and the diocese. The process is scheuled to start next month.

Clustering of parishes and parish services has become more common in the last decade as many pastors reach retirement and the number of younger priests has declined.

The meetings will take place at St. Paul Church, 170 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Oct. 4.

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