Philadelphia-area Catholics will be able to attend weekend Mass for the last time this Saturday and Sunday at 16 churches set to close and merge with nearby parishes.
The weekend also marks the first anniversary since the Archdiocese of Philadelphia merged a different group of parishes.
So a group of Catholics will protest parish mergers by walking and driving Saturday between the parishes that closed last year. They will stop to pray at 18 different churches in Philadelphia and Delaware County, said organizer Pat Smiley.
"It's to commemorate the closings of these churches, and that we remember these churches and the parishioners they serve and those who built these churches," she said.