Dozens of parishioners from St. Anthony’s Church in Monongahela peacefully protested the suspension of Sunday masses at its church Wednesday morning.
The protestors asked Bishop David Zubik to keep the 108-year-old church open during their short protest outside the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s offices downtown.
The group met with the Rev. Ron Lengwin because Zubik was not in his office Wednesday.
Lengwin told Channel 11 News that he accepted a letter from the group and will make sure it gets to Zubik. He also said the protestors were friendly and proper.
St. Anthony's was merged with the Transfiguration parish in August 2011, and seven months later, has no masses being offered at its location, the group said.
The diocese hasn't officially closed the church, so according to canon law, the church members have no formal grounds to appeal. The group said their intent was to let Zubik know they aren't happy with diocesan decisions.
The protestors said they felt more like they were in a takeover, rather than a merger.
Lengwin said a decision to close the church would be made at the parish level and no such recommendation has been made by the parish council.