Norwich’s Catholic parishes separate once again

NORWICH – Another chapter in the history of the Catholic community of Norwich was written over the weekend as the parish and finance councils of St. Bartholomew’s and St. Paul’s churches were made separate once again.

While Rev. Ralph A. Bove was unable to discuss the details yesterday, he confirmed that he made “a simple” announcement in mass at both churches on Sunday.

“The parishes will be separate except for a linkage with a common faith, one pastor and religious education. I can’t say any more than that,” he said.

St. Bart’s and St. Paul’s were separate entities for more than seven decades until 2001, when they were combined under the leadership of the Rev. Douglas Cunningham and unofficially renamed the Church of the Holy Apostles - St. Bartholomew’s and St. Paul’s Catholic Churches.

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