Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, which closed on July 1 after 102 years, will reopen for a special Mass on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m.
The Mass will celebrate Mater Dolorosa’s feast day. 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 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.
Meanwhile, Holy Innocents will celebrate the feast of San Gennaro with a bus trip to New York on Sunday, Sept. 22.
The bus will depart from the church, at 1337 E. Hunting Park Ave., at 8:30 a.m. It will arrive in time for a noon Mass at the National Shrine of San Gennaro (The Church of the Most Precious Blood).
The religious outdoor festival will be taking place for the 87th year in a row. It features food and music.
The bus will leave New York at 4:30 p.m. Tickets cost $40. For reservations, call Pat Loftus at 215-535-8597 or Rose Flemming at 215-535-1510. ••