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By Suzanne Monaghan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The recommendation to close or consolidate several Catholic Schools was on the minds of many parishioners during Sunday mass.

Nativity BVM in Media is slated to merge with another school in Wallingford. The news brings mixed emotions; sadness to see the changes but acceptance that the commission is making the right recommendations for the greater good of the Catholic school system in the area.

“It’s sad to see a lot of the teachers lose their jobs and a lot of the children have to be bused in different places and then adjust to a whole new way of doing things, but I guess it has to be done.”

“I’m sure there has been a lot of prayer around it. Hopefully we go forward from here and are stronger as a result and offer better educational opportunities for the schools and continue to bond as a church community.”

Some of the Nativity staffers will be offerered new jobs once the consolidation is complete.

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