A closed and an open situation

St. Andrew's was closed Jan. 18, by order of the bishop of Syracuse. Parishioners were told to attend St. Lucy's parish on Gifford St. on the near west side.

At the time of the closure St. Andrew's the Apostle had an active priest and was a spiritually vibrant, fiscally solvent parish known throughout Syracuse for its peace and social justice ministries.

The vigils will be held on an ongoing basis at the Chancery the first Friday of the month from noon until 1 p.m. This will be our fourth vigil at the Chancery.

The parishioners of St. Andrew are continuing to gather for prayer and fellowship even though their building has been taken from them. A Palm Sunday service will be held outside St. Andrews at 124 Alden St. on Sunday, April 5 at 11 a.m.

The Action Committee of St. Andrew's notes that:

- In 2007 Diocesan statistics projected that by 2010 fewer than 100 priests will be available to minister to an estimated 284,000 people in a 5,000 square mile area.

- 40 of these priests will be 75 or older

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