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Five-year-old Faith Schwartz of Hastings hangs onto a swing during the Take Me to the River Festival at Draper Park on Saturday, Sept. 10. For additional photos, see page 29.

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Catholic parishes celebrate their unification

By Julian Caldwell

REGION — Voices from two previously separate parishes joined to belt out the entrance song “Gather Us In” during a unifying mass at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in Hastings last Sunday, Sept. 11, celebrating the formal merger of St. Matthew and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ardsley.

The opening liturgy, which was held at noon, was the last symbolic step in a process that began about a year ago, when the parishes of St. Matthew, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and former Hastings church St. Stanislaus Kostka were merged canonically by church law. St. Stanislaus was closed by the Archdiocese of New York in 2007, two years after storm damage forced its parishioners to nearby St. Matthew.

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Parishioners stir from their pews at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church during Holy Communion on Sept. 11.