Parishioners Celebrating Vatican’s Ruling to Reopen Churches

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CLEVELAND — Rainy weather wasn’t dampening the spirits of parishioners at St. Patrick Church on Rocky River Drive in Cleveland.

Nearly two years after the building was shut down, members said they are planning to return on March 17 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the founding date of the parish, March 17, 1848.

There were cheers and applause as parishioners gathered at a local pub to celebrate Thursday afternoon.

Patricia Schulte-Singleton, head of the “Save St. Pat’s” committee, told supporters two years of fighting and appealing Bishop Richard Lennon’s decision to merge and suppress their parish has finally paid off.

The Bishop does have 60 days to appeal the Vatican’s decision to reopen 13 Cleveland area parishes.

As for the cost to reopen St. Pat’s, Schulte-Singleton said it’s possibly close to $2 million.

She went on to say, “The diocese, they had a little over 19-million dollars extra so hopefully some of that money can be used to reopen our parish and funding with our other organizations.”

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