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Merging Catholic parishes play the name game

   What's in a name? In the case of Catholic parishes, a whole lot of identity and history. Changing parish names hasn't been easy. For some Catholics, a parish's name is nearly as precious as the place of worship. But most congregations involved in a merger have worked out a new name. Here are a few others from across the diocese:

   -- St. Cecilia in Sheldon, St. Mary Queen of the Rosary in Strykersville, St. Patrick in Java Center and St. Nicholas in North Java merged in June under the new parish name of St. John Neumann.

   -- St. Stephen in Middleport and Sacred Heart and St. Mary in Medina merged in July to form Holy Trinity parish.

   -- St. Bridget in Newfane, St. Charles Borromeo in Olcott and Our Lady of the Rosary in Wilson merged in June as St. Brendan on the Lake parish.

   -- St. Anthony, St. Joseph and St. Patrick in Lockport merged in February as All Saints parish.

   -- St. Barbara, St. Hyacinth and St. Michael the Archangel in Lackawanna and Our Lady of Grace in Woodlawn merged in March under the name Queen of Angels.

   -- St. Anthony in Lime Rock and St. Peter in LeRoy merged in May under the name Our Lady of Mercy.

   -- Sacred Heart and St. Teresa in Niagara falls merged in March as St. Raphael parish.

   -- Prince of Peace and St. Leo merged in September and became St. Vincent de Paul parish.

   -- Jay Tokasz

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