FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — The Diocese of Fall River announced Sunday it is closing the historic St. Anne’s Church.
In a letter addressed to parishioners, Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha announced the church will close after a final Mass on Nov. 25.
“I do this with heavy heart, knowing the genuine deep loss you will all feel,” wrote the Bishop.
Earlier this year, members of St. Anne’s were invited to one of several listening sessions to share their thoughts on the possibility of closing the church.
Bishop Da Cunha has said Catholic parishes are seeing less and less people attending mass each week.
According to the diocese, a report estimated the cost for repairs to the church ranged from a low of $5 million to simply make the upper church usable, to $13.5 million for a complete renovation and restoration.
Parishioners from St. Anne’s can join any of the churches that make up the newly formed Catholic Community of Central Fall River: Good Shepherd, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Mary’s Cathedral, and St. Stanislaus.
The diocese also announced they will close the Holy Rosary and Holy Cross Chapels. Their final Masses will also take place the weekend of Nov. 25.