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Catholic Diocese: Half Of Saginaw Churches Will Reduce Or Cut Services By 2014

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SAGINAW (AP) – The head of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw says about half of its 109 places of worship will reduce or end services over the next three years.

Bishop Joseph Cistone announced the cuts yesterday at Bay City’s St. Joseph church, where regular Masses will end in July 2014.

The bishop says decisions to sell churches will be up to the parish’s administration.

The diocese covers 11 counties and has 109,000 members.

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