Diocese drops the hammer in Adams, N. Adams

At St. Francis of Assisi and Our Lady of Mercy in North Adams, parishioners were silent, while at St. Full Story
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Sign Of The Times

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#1 Aug 11, 2008
This is very sad, but if the parishioners cannot support the church through their donations, at the end it becomes a business decision. I'm sure all the money the various dioceses had to pay to settle the molestation cases didn't help either.
Edison

Boston, MA

#2 Aug 11, 2008
It's about time. There is way too many churches.
Maybe we can get rid of the name "steeples".:-)
Sign Of The Times

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#3 Aug 11, 2008
I think it's ok to have as many churches as the congregations can support. Obviously in NA, there is only enough financial support for one Catholic church.
Adams Citizen

Hinsdale, MA

#4 Aug 11, 2008
St Stanislaus was one of the few churches in the diocese that was debt free and running in the black. From a practical perspective, it's also less expensive to heat and maintain then Notre Dame. If this truly were a business decision and not driven by internal politics being played within the diocese, then the wrong decision was made. It's only a matter of time now before the school is closed. Since, historically, these closings come with little warning, parents with children at St. Stanislaus better be prepared....as should the town. It's a shame but the Catholic church did it to themselves (litigation and settlements are expensive) and now loyal parishioners, who have supported their churches for year, are the ones to suffer. I'd suggest that the parishioners of St Stans band together, buy the church, and maintain it wholly as a shrine to a community past.
A Question

Glens Falls, NY

#5 Aug 11, 2008
What happens to the school at St. Stans?
Adams Citizen

Hinsdale, MA

#6 Aug 11, 2008
Thinking about it further, the church would make a wonderful performing arts center for classically oriented music and plays (if it's status as a church is removed). The time to think on its future is now before it becomes a decaying relic....as you know, historically, the diocese will not maintain it. This is a said day.
Fed Up

United States

#7 Aug 11, 2008
Adams Citizen wrote:
Thinking about it further, the church would make a wonderful performing arts center for classically oriented music and plays (if it's status as a church is removed). The time to think on its future is now before it becomes a decaying relic....as you know, historically, the diocese will not maintain it. This is a said day.
That's a FABULOUS idea. The acoustics in there are terrific.. not to mention how many people can be accomodated. Not being Catholic, I've only been in there for a couple of funerals, but it is absolutely beautiful and somehow should be maintained.
School Woes

United States

#8 Aug 11, 2008
A Question wrote:
What happens to the school at St. Stans?
Anyone know?
mkk

Amherst, MA

#9 Aug 11, 2008
School is run by diocese now, I think. They said it would stay open.
marion pontier

Pittsfield, MA

#10 Aug 11, 2008
as sad a decision as it is , it will be for the best to consolidate parishes but why do they have to change the names. i don't think it will give new life to one parish it feels like throwing everything away, i truly believe if the church had seen fit to keep the nuns and catholic schools a priority we would have a better catholic community today. the young people have lost their involvement . may god blees
Elaine Babula

El Paso, TX

#11 Aug 11, 2008
What will happen to that beautiful St Stanislaus Church? It is the gem of the Berkshires. Will the bishop sell it and have it made into apartments? It is the only parish with a school and cemetary. Did he take that into consideration!
How will the school children get to Mass on a Holy day? Will they have to walk to Notre Dame or will they be bussed? Another consideration.
Please reconsider your decision. Thank you.
Adams Citizen

Hinsdale, MA

#12 Aug 11, 2008
It's a bad decision (one of MANY) made by the diocese of Springfield. I can't tell you the last time the Bishop made an official visit to Adams. At a time when the church is so badly needed by society, it is closing up its shops. Bad moves all the way around. Instead of enlisting its parishioners to spread throughout the community and reengage, it continues to alienate them and anger them further. It's only a matter of time before the Catholic faith and the established church collapses entirely. The schools and religious vocations were its foundation and they have been all but ignored. Given the way the closings were handled in Adams, I for one, will be looking elsewhere for my spiritualism. I have/had been a contributing parishioner in Adams for all of the decades I have lived here. Because of these moves and the way they were made, my money will be going elsewhere as will I.
Expensive

New York, NY

#13 Aug 11, 2008
There is no way in this economy that all those churches can stay open. Can you only imagine what it costs to heat?
The real problem now is what will happen to all these very large buildings? who wants to buy and church to use for business. I think most will remain empty and eventually decay.
Elisabeth

Ridgefield, CT

#14 Aug 11, 2008
It would seem to me that the closure of these churches has very little to do with practicality and the wishes of parishioners, and everything to do with church hierarchy. Let's close a school with a thriving school in Adams, let's close the oldest, largest church in North Adams! Why? Not because of a lack of faith, funds, etc. No, simply put: this is murder. Where will it end, with one mega-church for the whole of Northern Berkshire? Adams, North Adams, you are losing critical pieces of your history -- fight back!
jessica

Chester, MA

#15 Aug 11, 2008
they are not closing the school. just the church.
Kellie Morrison

Williamstown, MA

#16 Aug 11, 2008
I think it is incredibly sad that cornerstones in our community will be forced to close. Thank the good lord that an emerging merged church will be created in the aftermath. So many people enjoy going to church and the sense of peace that it gives them. It is a huge shame that finances direct and dictate the course of these closings. It shouldn't be about money unfortunately it is as are so many other things for folks in this day and age. Money is a huge driving factor for so much of the chaos in our world. But we have a ton of incredible folks out there with strong faith. I am sure that all will find a way to continue to practice. It's sad very sad. And how does one choose which should close, which should remain open. To me they should all remain open. It would be incredible if they could. These churches are huge foundations for folks not only religious but communal. I know i have so many fond memories of many of these buildings. The beauty of them, sitting there in awe as a little girl, even as an adult still in awe. The incredible feeling you get being there. These are things no one can put a monetary value on because they are absolutely priceless. I am sure i am not the only person that feels this way. It would be nice if another solution could be found.
REALITY

Adams, MA

#17 Aug 11, 2008
I think you are all forgetting who is responsible for this. SATAN!! You can still all keep your faith while examining your faith and maybe do a little homework. Is it just a place to go on Sunday or do you study during the week? I'll garranty that some of you are glad that this is happening as you will have free time now.

“Just me being me”

Since: Apr 08

The beautiful Berkshires

#18 Aug 11, 2008
REALITY wrote:
I think you are all forgetting who is responsible for this. SATAN!! You can still all keep your faith while examining your faith and maybe do a little homework. Is it just a place to go on Sunday or do you study during the week? I'll garranty that some of you are glad that this is happening as you will have free time now.
When you say SATAN are you refering to BUSH? That is who is responsible for our economy.
Fed Up

Averill Park, NY

#19 Aug 11, 2008
Soc Student wrote:
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When you say SATAN are you refering to BUSH? That is who is responsible for our economy.
The economy of the Catholic church has nothing to do with our domestic economy. The value of the church could buy and sell this country just a few times over I'm sure.
Sadly missed

Pittsfield, MA

#20 Aug 11, 2008
I will greatly miss Our Lady of Mercy, being inside always made me feel like I wasn't alone through some pretty bad times in my life. It is a small church, but I it gave me such comfort. Too bad our youth have turned away from the church, fewer and fewer young men are joining the priesthood. Perhaps if the Catholic Church would losen up a bit and allow these dedicated men of God to marry and have a family things would be different. I am sure God would not condemn a man from doing that; I believe the Catholics are the only religion that do not allow this for reasons I still do not understand. You can serve God and raise a family too. Please don't let this forum generate hatred towards all priests because there were those that abused it. One parish priest in particular, Father Goni was indeed a God send to me; there are some wonderful kind and caring priests over seeing our parishes-its not an easy job.

Please, no nasty and bitter remarks about the few remaining priests that we have left.

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