Parishioners flock to final Mass at Our Lady of Hope Church in Springfield

There are 2 comments on the story from Dec 31, 2009, titled Parishioners flock to final Mass at Our Lady of Hope Church in Springfield. In it, reports that:

Parishioners of Our Lady of Hope ended the year with a final Mass and then closed the doors of the church forever.

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Springfield, MA

#1 Jan 1, 2010
OLOH Church is where I was baptized, where my children were baptized. i went to school there as well as my children. People ask, "what parish are you going to join?" To be honest, I don't know if I am. I am so saddened by this, and I really can't imagine going anywhere else. It was home.Father Joyce was family as well as the parishioners. I pray for guidance. Until I feel it in my heart, as to what parish I will join, I will continue my journey...
4evr in my heart

San Diego, CA

#2 Jan 14, 2010
I agree, generations of my family were baptised thru laid to rest within OLOHope and heartbroken at the closure. In my opinion, a terrible decision was made. My journey has a hiccup regarding this and will take a while, if ever, to find that stability I found within those walls. Maybe just need to have the relationship between God and myself, without the institution, but I'll miss it.

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