CLEVELAND — If you needed any more proof about how happy some local Catholics are to have their parishes reopened, you only need to see – and listen to – Linda Gamble greet parishioners at St. Adalbert.
“If I were any happier today, I’d have to go to heaven! If I was any happier today, I’d be in heaven!” she said.
Linda’s greetings were just one of the highlights on Sunday as St. Adalbert held its reopening mass on East 83rd Street in Cleveland.
The diocese had closed 50 churches as part of restructuring, but the Vatican later ordered 11 of the churches to be reinstated after they appealed to Rome.
Father Gary Chmura said there’s a lot to celebrate this weekend.
“I’m happy to see all of these wonderful people gathering together again, and they’re happy to be home. And if they’re happy, God’s happy and I’m happy,” he said.
St. Adalbert’s has been a parish in Cleveland since 1883.