Mater Dolorosa Church to reopen for special Mass next month

Ma­ter Dol­orosa Cath­ol­ic Church will re­open for a spe­cial Mass next month.

The church, loc­ated at 1676 Ru­an St. in Frank­ford, closed on Ju­ly 1 after 102 years.

The Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia closed the par­ish and merged it, along with St. Joachim and St. Joan of Arc, in­to Holy In­no­cents. The stated reas­ons in­cluded Cath­ol­ic demo­graph­ic shifts, a his­tory of de­clin­ing Mass at­tend­ance and sac­ra­ment­al activ­ity, in­creas­ing eco­nom­ic chal­lenges and a de­crease in clergy.

The church will re­open for a 4 p.m. Mass on Sat­urday, Sept. 14, in cel­eb­ra­tion of Ma­ter Dol­orosa’s feast day.   

The Rev. Thomas Hig­gins, pas­tor at Holy In­no­cents, is ex­pec­ted to cel­eb­rate the Mass. Light re­fresh­ments will be served af­ter­ward in the par­ish hall.

DVDs of the June 30 clos­ing Mass will be for sale for $10. To pre-or­der a DVD, call Lou Alto­mari at 215-285-2067 or Rose Flem­ming at 267-934-3287. ••

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