PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Two Roman Catholic churches in the suburbs will be closed within weeks. And the Archdiocese of Philadelphia blames the cost of upkeep.
The Immaculate Conception B.V. M. Church in Levittown, Bucks County and Saint Getrude Church in West Conshohocken, in Montgomery County will close as worship sites on January 1st.READ MORE: 4 Dead, 2 Injured After Shootings At 2 Different Locations In Wilmington, Delaware
Parishioners were notified of the closures over the weekend.READ MORE: Kaylin Johnson, Teen Killed In West Philadelphia Triple Shooting, Remembered As 'Definition Of Freak Athlete'
The parishes merged with larger churches in July of 2014, but remained open for weddings, funerals and religious celebrations.
Funds from those services were being used to maintain the structures, but the Archdiocese says closing them is the fiscally responsible decision.MORE NEWS: Man Shot In Parking Lot of Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Philadelphia Police Say
It’s unclear what will happen to the buildings.