Thirteen parishes in northern Chautauqua County are recommended for reconfiguration in a list issued Monday by the Strategic Planning Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.
Diocesan officials said Bishop Edward U. Kmiec is reviewing the recommendations and will continue consulting with the parishes before making a final decision.
The recommendations include:
*Merger of St. Patrick's in Brocton and St. Thomas More in Ripley with St. James Major in Westfield upon the Rev. Robert G. Beiter's retirement as pastor of St. Patrick's. The new parish possibly would have a new name and would use the Brocton and Westfield churches. The Ripley site would close.
*Merger of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Silver Creek, St. Rose of Lima in Forestville and St. John Bosco in Sheridan into a single parish, possibly with a new name. The new parish would use the Silver Creek and Forestville churches. St. John Bosco would be closed.
*Merger of Immaculate Conception in Cassadaga with St. Joseph's and St. Anthony of Padua, both in Fredonia, into a single parish, possibly with a new name. St. Anthony Church would be the parish's primary site, while Immaculate Conception would be a secondary site with one weekend liturgy. St. Joseph's would be closed.
*Merger of St. Hedwig's in Dunkirk with St. Hyacinth's in Dunkirk. St. Hedwig's buildings and property would no longer be used.
*Holy Trinity in Dunkirk would form a collaborative relationship with the Newman Center at Fredonia State College, and the pastor of Holy Trinity would provide sacramental ministry to worshippers at the Newman Center.
*St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first Dunkirk parish to be created through a merger, will continue as an independent parish.