The pastor of a Cleveland congregation holding worship services inside a former warehouse is speaking out following a decree of excommunication by Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon.
CLEVELAND - Opening dates for all closed catholic churches in the Cleveland area are now known.
St. Adalbert in Cleveland
2347 East 83rd St., Cleveland
New Pastor: Rev. Gary Chmura
Opening date: Aug. 12 at 11 a.m.
St. Barbara in Cleveland
1505 Denison Ave, Cleveland
New Pastor: Rev. Joseph Hilinski
Opening mass: July 22, 11 a.m.
(Parish officially opened on July 16)
8223 Sowinski Ave., Cleveland 44103
New Pastor: Rev. Eric Orzech
Opened July 15 at 11:30 a.m.
St. Patrick (West Park) Parish & Church
4427 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland
New Pastor: Rev. James Ols
Opening mass: July 22 at 11 a.m.
St. Peter in Cleveland
1533 E. 17th St., Cleveland 44192
New Pastor: Rev. Robert Kropac
Opening date: (Kropac takes over parish on July 30, should set date after that)
2281 Columbus Rd., Cleveland 44113
New Pastor: Rev. Robert Kropac
Opening date: July 29 at 11 a.m.
St. Mary in Bedford
300 Union St., Bedford
New Pastor: Rev. Daniel Begin
Opening date: July 22 at 11 a.m.
St James Parish
17514 Detroit Ave., Lakewood 44107
New Pastor: Rev. Joseph Workman
(also pastor at St. Clement Parish; he will be the pastor of both churches)
Opening mass: July 25 at 7 p.m.
St. John the Baptist in Akron
1044 Brown St.
New Pastor: Rev. A. Jonathon Zingales
Opened July 15 at 10 a.m.
St. Mary in Akron
750 S. Main St.
New Pastor: Rev. Daniel J. Reed
Opening date: Aug. 15 at 7 p.m.
St. Emeric, on W. 22nd Street in Cleveland, still does not have a pastor or a reopening date.
The 11 churches were among 50 that were closed in 2009 by Bishop Richard Lennon. Parishioners, many of them second- and third-generation members of the churches, challenged some of the closings, staged sit-ins and other protests and even created a breakaway congregation.
In April, Lennon announced the area Roman catholic churches would reopen. The decision came after March's extraordinary Vatican decision to overrule his closing of the parishes, a rare instance in which Rome reversed a U.S. bishop on the shut down of churches. The Vatican said Lennon failed to follow Canon Law and procedures when he closed them.
Pope Benedict XVI will be held high regard by members of Cleveland churches ordered reopened by the Vatican under his watch, a lay leader of a spared congregation said Monday.
St. Casimir parishioners celebrated their first Christmas inside parish since the Cleveland Catholic Diocese shut down 13 local dioceses.
Mass will again be held at St. Emeric Catholic Church beginning Nov. 4, and the pastor of the parish has just been announced.
The last of 11 churches closed by the Cleveland Catholic Diocese and later spared by the Vatican is planning its reopening.
A closed northeast Ohio church spared by the Vatican has reopened.
Cleveland's St. Adalbert Church reopened on Sunday.
St. James Church in Lakewood held its first mass Wednesday night since being closed by Bishop Richard Lennon more than two years ago.
St. Barbara in Cleveland, St. Patrick in Cleveland's West Park neighborhood and St. Mary in Bedford hold simultaneous homecoming Mass.
Opening dates for all closed catholic churches in the Cleveland area are now known.