Which parishes should close?
Is your parish on the list of churches that may close? If so, why do you think it should or shouldn't be closed?
Read the story: 60 churches will close in Boston archdiocese
Special report: Parish closings
James, Boston - If you don't care why are you here reading about it? Susan, Worcester - A change is needed, I agree. Let's start in Rome. I've never seen a picture of Jesus in a satiaon robe or carrying a solid gold staff. mike, boston - This would have happned with or without the abuse scandals; that was just the catylist.
Oh, cry me a river. How can you still believe in a religion riddled with corruption and pedophilia?
Church is a crutch that is used by those who are weak in heart and need something fanciful to help them pull along. That is why in times of need people turn to the church; because they are not strong enough themselves. Survival of the fittest still continues. The churches are not strong enough to survive in these times of change. People put there money where they believe, which is why the church has been losing money for decades. Good riddance.
One more thing- we are forgettign what the religion is based on FAITH!!!!!!!! If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. Faith and Prayer are stronger than anything
I think it STINKS! I belong to St. James Parish in Stoughton which is on the list of closures. I am appalled to think that St. James was chosen - All this talk about church closures because of repairs and non-attendance is a lot of baloney. St. James had a building drive not too long ago for new parking lots, paving, and added rooms for our CCD program - most of our parishioners (including my husband and I) gave their hard-earned dollars to renovate our Church, and we were glad to do so. We have parishioners from surrounding towns including Canton and Randolph - - our parish was a FAMILY. The parishioners of St. James have supported our Church all along - WE ARE THE CHURCH! Before St. James was built in 1964, the old St. James Church was in a barn in the back of one of our parking lots - Many familes in our Parish held fund drives, including spaghetti suppers, to help pay for the building of our new Church. I was married there, my children were baptized there, received First Communion and Confirmation there and my granddaughter was baptized and received her First Communion there, my parents' funerals were held there. This is like being evicted from our home and I don't like it.
Lucille, Stoughton, MA
I am extremely saddened by the necessity to close parish churches. Whether I agree or disagree with the process is unfortunately a mute point. It is so unfair that priests and parish members will suffer because leaders in the church chose to ignore the abuse for years and now priests and parishioners loyal to their church will now have to endure parish closings. It is also unfair that Our Lady of the Rosary, which is on the border line of Stoughton/Brockton was on the first list of closings and managed to miss the final cut. St. James Parish in Stoughton was not added to the list of considered closings until later in the process and is slated to close. Unfortunate because St. James serves the Stoughton area. I totally agree that churches that are in need of extreme repair should have been considered. I am totally disappointed that St. James in Stoughton will be closing.
The more the church alienates people the more churches that will close. The church lost me years ago. Keep up the good work!
My reaction to the closing of my parish in Weymouth is complete sadness. I am not an original parishioner in this parish however I was drawn into this parish by Fr. Ron Coyne. He is a fantastic priest and has truly made St. Albert's an even tighter community. It is a very sad day to see this parish go...
Disappointed , Weymouth
The Archdiocese of Boston is criminal. Cardinal Law and Sean O'Malley and the rest of them in the boys club are criminals. Law moved pedophile priests around to abuse more kids and now O'Malley is closing parishes to pay for his mess. St. Susanna's didn't meet any of their "criteria" for closing a parish. So in the end it must have been for other reasons, like they don't like priests who are courageous and speak up! Or who preach love and peace for ALL not some. It's time to separate from the Archdiocese and make our own American Catholic Church! We don't need the Archdiocese!
Now there is no church in North Everett, the elderly will have no way to get to church they will have to travel to the other side of the city where there is already 2 churches