Our Lady of Peace on the Upper East Side of Manhattan had its last Mass on Thursday! New York which about 12% of Catholics attending Sunday Mass, will see even fewer as these political debacles continue.
The northeast, meaning places like New York City have seen Mass attendance drop to about 12% of Catholic each Sunday. Yes, 88% don't attend Mass. Shocking. Yes! Many reasons for this to be sure, but some of the major reasons those in higher places continue to be in denial and do nothing.
I realize a bishop can't keep supplying priests or any financial assistance to parishes that should be consolidated.
But why close them? Why not give them another option. Why not allow those who can do so to have a Board of Trustees to maintain the building (meaning they have to do the fundraising and pay the expenses) and the diocese allow the building to act as a shrine for weddings, funerals and other liturgies. Wouldn't this put the onus on the laity and let them take care of the building even if it no longer serves as a parish church?
It seems to me to be a no-brainer! And it spares a lot of hurt feelings and archdioceses like New York seeing even fewer than 12% of Catholics attending Mass on Sunday!