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.