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Catholic Diocese Plan Groups JP, Egleston Parishes

Two parishes in JP and one in Egleston will be grouped together under the plan.

The Archdiocese of Boston has implemented Phase One of a plan to combine city church resources due to waning finances and attendance, and as such, two Jamaica Plain churches and one Egleston Square church will form one of the emerging collaboratives.

The collabortive puts JP's two parishes, Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Thomas Aquinas in with Saint Mary of the Angels, which is in Egleston Square just outside of JP, according to an archdiocese statement Thursday.

The parishes in a collaborative - of which there will be 12, encompasing a total of 28 parishes for Phase One - will share resources and have fewer staff, according to the statement.

The plan was developed in January 2012; there will ultimately be 135 collaboratives.

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