Posts Tagged ‘Church closures’

Taiwan churches close doors amid COVID-19 surge

Monday, May 24th, 2021

Authorities in Taiwan have placed capital Taipei and surrounding areas on high alert and restrictions for two weeks following an upsurge in Covid-19 cases, forcing the closure of businesses, offices and worship places including churches. Taiwan has recorded more than 1,000 new cases in the past week, triggering new curbs from the government to limit Read more

Chicago parishioners appeal to Vatican over church downsizing plan

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

Members of two dozen Roman Catholic churches closed or slated for closure by the Chicago Archdiocese are fighting to stay open. They’re appealing to the Vatican, claiming they are financially viable, despite the Archdiocese’s assessment to the contrary. Gerry Winters, president of Save St. Matthias Church, says the plan to merge his Lincoln Square parish Read more

Wairarapa church unlikely to be sold

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

Because of its historical and heritage values, a member of St Joseph’s at Riversdale Beach Charitable Trust is confident that the church will remain a community asset and not sold by the Catholic parish to a private owner. After consultation over the past year, Cardinal John Dew announced in June that of the five Wairarapa Read more

Concern expressed over proposed developments in Christchurch

Monday, August 19th, 2019

About Sixty people from throughout the diocese of Christchurch met at Sacred Heart Hall Addington on Sunday 11 August, to discuss their hopes for the future of the diocese. They were responding to two announcements made recently by the bishop Christchurch Paul Martin. On 9 June he announced a proposal to close 13 churches in the diocese Read more

Trinity Congregational Church becomes ‘cannabis HQ’

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Michael Mayell has partnered with Abe Gray, the founder of New Zealand’s first cannabis museum, to create a cannabis institute in two heritage-listed buildings on Manchester St. The former Trinity Congregational church will be used for the museum during the day, an education space Mayell dubbed “cannabis university” in the evenings. Read more

What happens when a Catholic church shuts down?

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

With churches in every neighborhood, Catholicism has long been a historic aspect of Chicago culture. Last year, the Archdiocese of Chicago had more than 2.1 million Catholics, according to statistics from the archdiocese. However, changing neighborhood demographics, fewer parishioners and priests, and a lack of funding have led dioceses across the nation to announce plans Read more

Archdiocese grapples with reducing number of churches

Monday, April 1st, 2019
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RNZ has reported that some Catholics in Wellington are unhappy with cardinal John Dew’s letter to all parishes in the archdiocese asking them to review the number of churches in their parish. The RNZ report says they accuse him of being high-handed and autocratic. But Dew denies this. He says he has simply asked congregations Read more

Catholic Church disapproves of turning former churches into breweries

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Breweries opening in former churches are winning fans but earning disapproval from clergy and worshippers across the U.S. At least 10 new breweries have opened in former churches since 2011 and at least four more are slated to open within the next year.

Three Dunedin Catholic churches close

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Masses were celebrated at three Catholic churches in Dunedin for the final time at the weekend. St Bernadette’s(Forbury), St Brigid’s (Tainui) and St Alphonsus (Waverley) are closing and their congregations will merge with the parish at St Patrick’s Basilica. Special items from each church were taken to be delivered to St Patrick’s. Dunedin South pastoral Read more