Mater Dolorosa parishioners hope for re-opening of church


Updated: Tuesday, 25 Dec 2012

Ryan Walsh

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Friends of Mater Dolorosa Church in Holyoke spent their Christmas morning singing and praying that their church will re-open in the new year.

Mater Dolorosa Church closed in June 2011.

Parishioners spent more than a year protesting the closure by holding a round the clock vigil inside the church.

That stopped in June when the Vatican’s high court told protesters to leave the church, but said they will hear the parishioners appeal to re-open the church.

Victor Anop, Chairperson of the Friends of Mater Dolorosa, told 22News he was encouraged by today’s turnout.

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