FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A historic Fall River church is scheduled to hold its first Mass Friday since closing its doors in November.
St. Anne’s Church was opened in 1906, but the Fall River Diocese closed it in November because repairs would have cost millions of dollars.
After raising more than $40,000, St. Anne’s Preservation Society took oversight of the church earlier this month and was able to reopen its shrine.
A procession is expected to follow Friday’s Mass which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Going forward, St. Anne’s Preservation Society host a fundraising campaign so they can begin to repair the building. The group hopes to eventually fully restore both the lower and upper churches over a 10-year period.