One year ago on July 23, 2011, Diocese of Youngstown Bishop George Murry and his hatchet man co-celebrated the last Mass said in Wellsville. It was a bitter sweet moment for the Wellsville faithful. Many of the Immaculate Conception parishioners are decedents of the very men and women who sacrificed to build, maintained and support their church. A lot of them were baptized, educated and married in the building that is located at 11th & Main Street. They raised their families in the Catholic faith there. They buried many of their loved ones with the funeral Mass in that building. Their very history is intertwined with memories of events that took place in their home parish only to see the doors of their church closed, locking them out.
A committee was formed to appeal that decision as a result of the many controversial events that led up to the closing. That appeal is pending with Catholic officials at the Vatican in Rome, Italy. That group is called the Committee To Save the Immaculate Conception Church Parish.
Members of the Committee to Save the Immaculate Conception Parish will commemorate the one year anniversary of the closing of Wellsville’s Catholic Church with a prayer service on Saturday, July 21. Although Diocesan officials do not permit them inside their church, the service will be held within site of the very building the Wellsville Catholics call home. All former parishioners and the public are invited to join in petitioning the Good Lord to unlock the doors and reopen the Immaculate Conception Church.