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4 St. John’s Catholic churches sold and to shut doors by September

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • Rocked by abuse suits, the archdiocese intends to cut St. John’s parishes 9 to 3.
  • St. Patrick’s Church is located on Patrick Street, around downtown St. John’s. 
  • The church property has been sold as part of a liquidation of investments by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John’s. 

Parishioners who heard mass at four Roman Catholic churches in the St. John’s neighborhood this weekend learned their worship sites had been sold as part of the archdiocese’s sell-off of properties and that they may have to shut their doors by September.

Catholics were also told that the plan was to decrease the number of parishes in the capital city from nine to three in the coming months.

The move is an aspect of one of the most surprising shakeups in the 238-year record of the Archdiocese of St. John’s, which has been focused on settling giant sexual abuse suits related to Mount Cashel Orphanage. 

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Parishioners who heard mass at four Roman Catholic churches in the St. John’s neighborhood this weekend learned their worship sites had been sold as part of the archdiocese’s sell-off of properties and that they may have to shut their doors by September

“On Friday afternoon, we were informed by the archbishop that St. Pius church and [the former] St. Pius school has been dealt,” Father John Sullivan, a Jesuit priest who ministers at the church on Smithville Crescent, told those following a Sunday that was posted on the parish’s Facebook page. 

Sullivan declared that the parish was marking its 60th anniversary on the same day, a coincidence he defined as “a little uncomfortable and a little strange.”

Parishioners also learned that strange bids submitted for St. Patrick’s church on Patrick Street, Mary Queen of Peace church on Torbay Road, and St. Francis of Assisi in nearby Outer Cove were taken by Ernst and Young, the company overseeing the court-monitored sale of church properties.

Source – cbc.ca

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