According to a statement issued by Bishop Da Cunha, St Anne’s Church is set to close.
The statement, which was issued to parishioners on Saturday, states that the iconic Church will be set to close November 25th. The Bishop stated reasons such as the cost to repair the church, changing demographics in the diocese and decline in parish membership.
A call to the church rectory also confirmed the sad news.
According to St. Anne’s Church committee member Richie Affonso, the parish was taking pledges to get an idea of how much money could be raised, but it was a monumental task.
To renovate the building enough to re-open the upper church at Saint Anne’s Parish and Shrine, it will cost approximately $13.5 million dollars.
The parish has been having mass in the lower church for several years due to structural issues in the upper level of the building.
If you remember on April 5th, Bishop da Cunha stated the possible combining or closure of parishes in the Fall River diocese. The Bishop also stated that although parishioners become attached to a building of worship, and he realized the importance of that, he does not see the church as a building.