St. Brendan's Church Will Not Suspend Liturgies Following Public Outcry

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Catholic church in Dorchester is no longer going to be suspending liturgies on May 31, after Cardinal Sean O'Malley issued a statement on Friday reflecting the people's wishes not to.

But O'Malley says there is still a case to be made to keep St. Brendan's Church open despite its deep debt and worsening structural integrity.

"We're trying to listen and understand what all of the facts are and what the possibilities are. We were talking about a parish that has two churches and a school with limited resources, and how we can serve those people in the best way," O'Malley told WBZ's Mike Macklin.

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St. Brendan's is combined with St. Ann's to create a singular parish, with St. Brendan school.

O'Malley reminds worshippers in his address that it is important to acknowledge the parish faces difficult financial pressures, that will undoubtedly require decisions to be made down the road. The Cardinal asked that a working group, including parish representation, come up with a financial plan by late September of this year.

"It is my hope that this additional time for parish planning will lead to consensus regarding the best options that are feasible and can be sustained," O'Malley said in his statement.

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