A Sign of Hope for Parish: Scaffolding Taken Down from Mater Dolorosa


By Neil Carroll

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — For months there were wooden planks and metal beams that stood outside the Mater Dolorosa church because the Catholic Diocese of Springfield said the church was unsafe.

Now the scaffolding is gone and for the parish, that says it all.

“The diocese was claiming that the steeple was gonna fall down,” said Victor Anop, attorney for the Friends of the Mater Dolorosa. “As you can see today nothing is falling down here.”

Anop hired a private engineer to look into the safety concerns inside the church and it’s steeple and then present them to the city of Holyoke.

“So that showed that the scaffolding was up under false pretenses,” said Anop. ”There was no danger immediate or otherwise to the public or those who were in the church.”

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