Fall River’s St. Anne’s Church set to close

By Sam Vaccaro

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) – According to a statement by Bishop da Cunha of Fall River, St Anne’s Church will be closing its doors by the end of November.

The statement, published on Sunday by the Fall River Diocese, said the church will host its final service November 25th.

The bishop cited repair costs, changing demographics, and a decline in parish membership and participation as reasons for the decision to close the Parish.

According to the statement, architectural reports estimated the cost of repairs between $5 million, to make the upper church usable again, and $13.5 million for a full renovation and restoration.

The Bishop said the decision was made to close the Parish after extensive exploration of fund raising efforts discovered the prospect of raising the necessary money highly unlikely.

Bishop da Cunha said he intends to find alternative uses for the church building once it is closed. He said, “It is my intention to form an ad-ho committee whose singular mission will be the adaptive re-use of the St. Anne building”.

According to the statement, the “Committee for the Adaptive Re-Use of St. Anne’s” will help the diocese to explore alternative uses for the building that will meet the needs of the  surrounding community.

Bishop da Cunha will celebrate the final Mass with parishioners before the church’s closing on November 25th, the last day of the Church’s liturgical year.

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