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, OHIO - One of the catholic churches in the Cleveland Diocese slated to re-open this summer is looking a bit fresher. Father Eric Orzech of St. Casimir Catholic Church said they have their treasure back and Thursday they shined-up that treasure as they get ready for the church's re-opening Mass on July 15.
Crews spent hours Thursday inside the church cleaning it from top to bottom, vacuuming carpets, polishing statues, dusting pews. Nothing was overlooked.
They want the church to look like new when the doors open for good a week from Sunday.
"You want the first impression to be a very good and lasting impression. The people love their church and they know if something is so," said Rev. Orzech. "The whole goal is to make that a non-issue, so they're not worried about what happened to this or that. They are going to come in here rejoiced, so what they are supposed to do in church pretty well."
St. Casimir was among 50 churches in the Cleveland Diocese that was closed or merged because of a shortage of priests, parishoners and money.
St. Casimir will hold its re-opening Mass on Sunday, July 15 at 11:30 a.m.
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.