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St. Andrew's services continues, vigil at Chancery

Thursday, Feb. 12 from noon to 1 p.m. a vigil will be held at the Roman Catholic Chancery building, 240 E. Onondaga Ave. All are welcome to attend.

The vigil is called to ask the Diocese to change the current reconfiguration plan of one priest - one church which is resulting in the closing of 40 parishes throughout the Central New York Diocese.

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

Roman Catholic canon law, section 517.2, allows lay members of the church to carry out services when a priest is not available.

A recent article in National Catholic Reporter notes parishes in other parts of the country are handling the shortage of priests without closing churches.

"When a church closes not only do the parishioners lose their spiritual home the whole community loses. Churches provide many social services for the community: food banks, thrift shops for the poor; refugee resettlement sponsors; Christmas gift buying for low-income families; jail ministry programs etc.

"We call upon the Diocese to reconsider their current reconfiguration plan which will only result in the dismantling of the church parish by parish said, Jane Tretler, a member of St. Andrews."

The parishioners of St. Andrew are continuing to gather for prayer and fellowship even though their building has been taken from them. An outdoor service will be held at St. Andrews at 124 Alden St. on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m.

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