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Holy Angels Church in Buffalo holds last mass

Video Credit: WKBW Buffalo - Duration: 01:56s - Published
Holy Angels Church in Buffalo holds last mass

Holy Angels Church in Buffalo holds last mass

It’s a sad and solemn Saturday afternoon, as Holy Angels Church - which has served congregations on Buffalo’s west side for more than 150 years - holds its final mass.

HE WAS PRONOUNCEDDEAD AT THEHOSPITALIT'S A SAD DAY FSOME LOCALCATHOLICS.THE LAST MASS WASHELD TODAY AT HOLYANGELS CHURCH ONPORTER AVENUE HEREIN BUFFALO.LAST YEAR... THECHURCH ANNOUNCEDIT WAS CLOSING...BECAUSE THE COSTOF KEEPING IT OPENWAS TOO MUCH.SEVEN EYEWITNESSNEWS REPORTER ALAERREBHI HAS MOREON AN EMOTIONAL DAYFOR MEMBERS OFCHURCH THAT ISMORE THAN 150YEARS OLD.IT'S A SAD ANDSOLEMN SATURDAYAFTERNOON, AS HOLYANGELS CHURCH -WHICH HAS SERVEDCONGREGATIONS ONBUFFALO'S WEST SIDEFOR MORE THAN 150YEARS - HOLDS ITSFINAL MASS.IT'S PARTICULARLYDIFFICULT FOR THISFAMILY; A NUMBER OFTHEIR WEDDINGS,GRADUATIONS,FUNERALS ANDBAPTISMS HAPPENEDRIGHT HERE."I WAS BAPTIZEDHERE, MADE MY FIRSTCOMMUNION HERE,STOOD UP FOR THREEOF MY COUSINS'WEDDINGS HERE.

MYMOTHER WAS BURIEDFROM THIS CHURCH, ITMEANS A LOT TO USAND IT'S A VERY SADDAY.""IT'S BEEN OUR LIFE.MY FIRSTCOMMUNION,CONFIRMATION,GRADUATION FROMHERE.

COLLEGE,WENT TO D'YOUVILLECOLLEGE, SO WEUSED TO WALK OVERHEREA PLACE LINKED TO SOMANY MEMORIES.

THEFAMILY GATHERS ONELAST TIME AT HOLYANGELS, REMINISCINGABOUT THE PAST."MY COUSINS AND ICAM TO PAY OUR LASTRESPECTS AND LIGHTOUR LAST CANDLE ATTHIS CHURCH."JOANN SITS DOWN ATTHE CHURCH WHERESHE MARRIED HERHUSBAND 58 YEARSAGO."ALL OUR CHILDRENWERE BAPTIZEDHERE,"CHURCH LEADERS SAYTHE REASONS FORCLOSING THE CHURCHARE PRIMARILYFINANCIAL.FOR THIS FAMILY, HOLYANGELS WILL ALWAYSBE HOME."WITH MY WHOLEFAMILY BEINGINVOLVED IT REALLYBECAME A CENTER OFOUR LIFE IN THEIREARLIER YEARS.

THENAFTER MILITARYSERVICE AND OTHERTHINGS WE DRIFTEDAWAY.

BUT WE ALWAYSKNEW IN THE BACK OFOUR MINDS IT WASHERE FOR US,"<NATS




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