Monday, March 16, 2009

Cleveland Closings..St Stephen's safe, but Saints Colman and Casimir gone!







Although some beautiful Catholic churches in Cleveland escaped closings, a couple of them that I know of that are absolute gems have been lost. I am sure there are others. Here are a few pictures of St. Colman which is on the list to be closed. This is a shame indeed. Unfortunately most of the modern eyesores for churches will remain open. I believe it is a shame that we as Catholics are not evangelizing the communities around us. If we were these churches would remain open. This is what we are losing! I took these pictures when I visited Cleveland a few years ago. Here is a list showing which churches so far have been selected for closing, and which ones in the same areas that have closures that will remain open. For a history of the parish click here..

I would also like to add that I am not blaming the new bishop here in this. I think that the Catholic Church as a whole is to blame. When the demographics change in these neighborhoods we do not evangelize effectively and therefore we tend to look at these churches as museum pieces. God doesn't want His churches to be museum pieces. He wants them to be filled with faithful souls. This is what we need to work on. If these churches were filled they wouldn't be closing.

6 comments:

Andrew W said...

This is a crime! What treasures of true Catholic identity, paid for by generations past, and now soon to be lost forever. If the civic authorities feel compelled to save secular historic landmarks as being too precious to be lost, regardless of how depressed their location may be, can we Catholics not build up the support to save these gems?

So sad.

Matthew Bellisario said...

I think they should be saved. But think about it. What is more of an insult to God than to have a beautiful church like this being used for just a museum piece? This is a sad situation indeed. I think I would make people drive to that parish and close a new modern one. But that will never happen.

Andrew W said...

Well, if they were to make it a museum piece, owned and operated by the Church, then there is still hope of it being reclaimed by future Catholic generations who are not as rebellious as the previous.

I agree with you though... close down the nearest "in-the-round" mega parish, and relocate them here, or gift it to one of the priestly societies that have exclusive use of the Extraordinary Form. ICK has good luck with these undertakings, and they wouldn't have to take on a renovation for this one! If I were to relocate a parish to this church, it would have to be under the explicit condition that they not touch anything... lest it be wreckovated in a couple years time.

Alexander Greco said...
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Alexander Greco said...

This makes me mad...really mad. I beleive that whoever is at fault with the closing of this parish should have to undergo a collective kick in the gonads in the afterlife from the folks who sacrificed in the building of this gem.

Kevin Doyle said...

My great grandfather, William Doyle was one of the stone cutters from Dublin who did many of the sculptures and carvings nearly 90 years ago. While I think it is preferable that it be part of a vibrant, growing congregation, I think there is some value in preserving the wondrous work that he and others did, as well as serve as reminder of what happens when we take things for granted. What will happen to this treasure...?