Irondequoit Church Closes after 100 Years Due to Finances

September 26, 2010

Many people were crying when they left Saint Salome's Church for their last time Sunday. They've made a lot of memories in this church.

Many of these Parishioners grew up here, got married here, and had children of their own baptized in this church. So, you can understand why many people were hurt and angry that the church closed.

Bishop Matthew Clark decided to close both churches to save money. Although several hundred people worshipped here; they needed to pool resources.

What will happen now is there will be one parish in Irondequoit, and three different sites.

But first they came together for one last mass.

They sang a special hymn written for today called "100 years, blessed Saint Salome's"

They also gathered afterward for a reception; and reminisced about their years together at Saint Salome's.

The church will continue to use the building for funerals and special events until the building is sold.

The diocese is in charge of the sale.

And the property inside the church will be taken to the other sites.

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