Mater Dolorosa Church will reopen for special Mass

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. ••

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