Worshippers say farewell to St. Louis Park church

Worshippers say farewell to St. Louis Park church

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn.- It's the end of an era for a body of belivers who've worshippedtogether for decades.

"It's a sad thing for us," says Roberta Woods. "I was confirmed here and was married here."

Woods, along with hundreds of other parishioners attended their final Christmas Eve service at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church Saturday. The St. Louis Park church is one of six other metro-area churches that will officially dissolve on December 31st. Most Holy Trinity is part of a restructuring process from the archdiocese of the Twin Cities. In all, close to 30 churches will be affected.

"When you only have 350 families it's hard to generate that kind of income that provides services," said Jim Deshane, the church's deacon. "We will move forward and make new memories."

The church has existed in this location since 1944 and features sentimental stained glass. The church's first pastor was the one to design them.

"I hope those windows find a new home," says Bob Reinhardt.

Reinhardt has been attending Most Holy Trinity for 49 years and has sat on nearly every church committee.

"My children went to school here and were married here," he says. "It's pretty emotional."

Saturday's Christmas Eve service seemed to be a proper setting to say goodbye.

"The first mass was celebrated in this building on Christmas Eve of 1944," says Father Brian Fier. "This building is very near and dear to people."

The current structure will continue to house a charter school, while most of the parishioners will begin to attend Our Lady of Grace Church in Edina.


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