Friday, July 22, 2011
Last Mass At Immaculate Conception???
In a letter to all the Immaculate Conception parishioners dated July 19, 2011, Holy Trinity Parish Administrator Peter Haladej, said that tomorrow's Mass will be the last one in Wellsville. Haladej is pictured above.
Haladej was sent here couple of years ago to merge the Catholic parishes of St. Ann's, St. Al's and Immaculate Conception into one. A few years ago they were told that there was suppose to be two worship sites with one central church. The East End and Wellsville church would only be used as worship sites for one or two Masses a week. Then, somehow, it was changed to one church and one worship site. That presumably would leave Immaculate Conception as the one worship site. The merged parish would known as Holy Trinity.
The Wellsville parishioners later learned that there will only be one church located in East Liverpool with no worship sites. For consideration of the older members and handicapped parishioners of Immaculate Conception, with the lack of parking at St. Al's, an appeal was make to the Diocese of Youngstown to reconsider. During Saturday's Mass on May 28, Bishop George Murry announced that as soon as the parking problems at St. Al's were resolved Immaculate Conception would be closed. He expected that to be by the end of summer.
Following that announcement an appeal was sent to the Congregation of Clergy in Vatican City via the Apostolic Nuncio in Washington. After a Decree of Merger was issued on July 2, a second appeal was submitted from the group that calls themselves the Committee to Save Immaculate Conception Church. Both appeals are still pending. It may be a lengthy time before any decision on the appeals are handed down.
The Celebration of Mass on Saturday, July 23, at Wellsville's Immaculate Conception Church will be a historic one. It may be the last in a church that was dedicated 84 years ago in 1927, ending a 177 years of Catholic services in the Village. But then it may be a beginning of a new era for Wellsville's Catholic faithful. Saturday's Mass is scheduled to begin at 4;30 PM.
There will be a short prayer service following Mass to be held in front of the Blessed Mother statue on the Main Street side of the church.
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