St. Brendan’s Church in Dorchester may be closed – NBC Boston

More than 100 parishioners lined up outside St. Brendan’s Church in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood on Saturday, fighting to keep it open.

Parishioners came out after mass, hoping their voices would be heard.

The church could be permanently closed on May 31, and they are desperate to keep the doors open.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley has not yet decided whether it will be closed. Church Reverend Chris Palladino said the church was beyond repair, saying in a bulletin: “The parish is struggling with low attendance and growing debt. .”

“We cannot expect our young families or our future parishioners to worship in a church that is in such a state of disrepair,” Reverend Palladino added.

Longtime parishioners tell NBC10 Boston and NECN they want to work with the pastor to make improvements, saying the church is too important to them.

“It’s kind of like cradle to grave, baptism to funeral and everything in between with life events,” John O’Toole said. “It means everything to us. In Dorchester, all of our neighborhoods are recognized by the parishes in which we live and grow up.

“We are here. We want to continue to grow in faith. We want to work with you and do this together and be a success for the Archdiocese,” Noreen Kelley said.

Parishioners will hold another walkout next Saturday at 5 p.m. at Sainte-Croix Cathedral.

Jerry B. Hatch