WARREN, R.I. (WPRI) - St. Mark's Church in Warren is closing its doors, after givingparishioners a place to pray for 180 years.
The parish will hold its last mass in May 2nd.
The Episcopal Dioscese of RI says it's had financial problemsfor the last six years. On a typical Sunday, only about 30 peoplefill the pews.
In addition to a shrinking congregation, the church's endowmenthas also decreased. They couldn't even afford a full timepriest.
The congregation was given the option to merge with anotherchurch or close. They decided to close.
Church officials issued this statement, "it's a very sad thingthat we are closing. The church has been here for more than 180years. We're a small family and now we're being broken up, it'stough."
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