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.