The Frankford community has experienced abandonment before but never has it fallen so heavily in a single blow. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the closing of both Catholic churches in the heart of Frankford at weekend masses.
While the parishioners of both churches were expecting some kind of bad news, there was an expectation that either Mater Dolorosa (Located at Paul and Ruan Sts.) or St. Joachim (Located at Griscom and Church Sts.) would remain to serve the people of Frankford. The parishes are scheduled to merge with Holy Innocents in Juniata Park along with St. Joan of Arc in Harrogate which is also being closed and merged. The closing will be effective June 30th.
Efforts to retain a Catholic church in the heart of Frankford are underway. More information is available at this facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/161019060737239/
An online petition has been established at this link: http://tinyurl.com/mxo65jk