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Monday, January 19, 2009

St. Agnes closes after final Mass

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Thanks be to God for all that has been.

That was the prayer Bishop Thomas Costello and a congregation of nearly 600 said Sunday afternoon at the final Mass held at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church.

The church, built in 1887, was the first in the Syracuse Diocese, according to church documents, but officially closed with Sunday’s Mass. It will now merge with St. Anthony of Padua Church, located a mile away.

Lighthouse Baptist Church, currently on South Street, has purchased all four of St. Agnes’ buildings, Lighthouse officials said.

But St. Agnes is not about the structure it occupied, Costello said.

“St. Agnes is people – living stones,” Costello told parishioners at Sunday’s Mass. “You are St. Agnes. You are not closing. You’re just moving to another site.”
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