This copyrighted article was originally published last October by WKBW Buffalo and it is reproduced here with their permission.
(Editor’s Note: Founded in 1851, Holy Angels Church is the oldest parish continuously staffed by the Oblates in the United States. It is with much sadness that they will be leaving this venerable institution at the end of July.)
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It’s a sad weekend for members of a local Roman Catholic Church here in Buffalo.
“This morning when I walked into church, my heart kind of dropped to my toes,” said Deborah Werner, parishioner for 40 years.
Holy Angels Church on Porter Avenue will be closing its doors for good in July.
“I should’ve known by the lack of people in church…I’m surprised to see that they would close it,” said Kathleen Eagan, parishioner for 65 years.
The building has been around for more than 150 years. Church officials say the reasons are primarily financial.
“Maintenance is too expensive and we don’t have so many parishioners,” said Deacon Alex Manunta.