Two Churches Merge

June 13, 2011 Updated Jun 13, 2011 at 9:58 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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June 13, 2011 Updated Jun 13, 2011 at 9:58 AM EDT

DEPEW, NY ( WKBW ) Two churches in a Buffalo suburb celebrated their first mass as a new parish.

Saint Barnabas and Our Lady Of The Blessed Sacrament in Depew, NY have come together to form the Saint Martha Parish Community.

The churches merged because of a decline in parishioners at both churches, making it difficult for them to survive separately.

Father Bart Lipiec from Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament commented to Eyewitness News that a the parish community has a great spirit.

Turnout for the first mass was very good, and everyone believes the merged parishes will be successful.