St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Woonsocket to close

By News Staff


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WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) – The St. Charles Borromeo Parish informed its parishioners at Saturday’s Mass that its doors will close after a final Mass on January 12, 2020.

The decision came after a meeting with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019.

The church has seen a steady decline in revenue and activity over the past seven years.

In 2012 the church listed 190 registered families and today that number has dropped to approximately 90.

In the past three years, there have been only 37 Baptisms, two children to receive First Communion and no weddings. 

Annual parish income had dropped over the past five years by nearly 50% and impending costs of building repairs, exceeding $570,000, was too significant to keep the parish afloat. 

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin granted the request of Father Joseph Upton, administrator of the parish, to suppress the parish and permanently close the church building. 

All sacramental records will remain at their current location, 323 Rathbun St., Woonsocket where they will continue to be maintained. 

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