CORNING, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Saint Vincent de Paul Church in Corning abruptly closed its doors for good in June. The Parish is holding out final goodbyes for next month.
As a celebration of memories, All Saints Parish will be holding a final prayer service outside Saint Vince de Paul Church on Sept. 15 at 2:30 p.m. The event will be followed by refreshments and displays of historical and sacred items of the church.
This comes after the All Saints Parish had to close that building off for good when a ceiling began to fall apart during an evening mass late June.
"A piece of wood fell from the ceiling, it fell between two parishioners, fortunately no one was injured or hurt," Denis Sweeney, an All Saints Parish parishioner and one of the coordinators for next month's celebration, said. "The heat and humidity caused that piece of wood to fall and there was also warping in other aspects of the church."
The crumbling building, however has been slated to close for some time now. It was the safety issue the building posed to parishioners that accelerated the moving process.
The church building and the school right next to it will soon be replaced with an apartment complex. People in the area have mixed feelings about this.
"I think that's actually a great idea because we just need to get more places that could bring in people from off the streets so they could have shelter in the winter," Michael Smith, a resident down the road from the church, said.
"I was married here, our daughter was married here, all our kids have been baptized here, so it's hard, you know, you try to look at it with the people are going to move up to the other church, but it's still hard to see it close and know that it won't be our church anymore," Vickie Cook, a lifelong member of All Saints Parish, said.
Daily mass is currently held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Painted Post. Weekend mass is at St. Mary's Church in Corning.
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