It is a sad state of affairs when motivated faith-filled Catholics cannot keep their vibrant parish open. That is the story of Our Lady of Peace. Under a diocesan plan “Making All Things New” parishes across the Archdiocese of New York have been merged or closed. Catholics who once celebrated Eucharistic life together, who came together to baptize, marry, and bury their loved ones and who served those around them in need — will be no more. And their faith in Catholic leaders who seem to operate out of a corporate model of governance rather than a pastoral one is diminished if not completely lost. It does not have to be this way, and yet Catholic bishops seem determined to shut down parishes rather than opening ordination and using other tested and creative ways to keep parishes open.
Below is the press release from Our Lady of Peace as they participate in the “last rites” for their parish. Our prayers are with all the people of Our Lady of Peace. And our work continues to end this pattern of merging and closing parishes.
“The Vigil will be an extraordinary event for parishioners, friends, and supporters to spend a full night of communication and worship, petitioning for public and private needs, including saving Our Lady of Peace Church,” explained Tami Ellen McLaughlin, chair of the Special Occasions Team.
“We are disappointed that the doors of Our Lady of Peace Church will be locked by the Archdiocese of New York on August first,” said Julianne Bertagna, President of the Treadwell Farm Historic District. “The church is the crown jewel of the Treadwell Farm Historic District, a designated landmark by Landmark Preservation Commission since 1967, and has housed a vibrant and financially robust parish and provided a meeting place for many community groups. This closure is a great loss to the neighborhood and the church’s parishioners.”