Saturday, October 07, 2006

Historic church faces possible closure

as it celebrates 164 years

"Members of one of the nation's oldest historically black Catholic churches will gather this weekend to commemorate its founding in the days before the Civil War.

They hope to have more such celebrations in the years to come, but the fate of St. Augustine Catholic Church these days is as uncertain as some parts of this storm-wracked city.

In March, the Archdiocese of New Orleans announced plans to close the church because of declining membership, though St. Augustine has since received an 18-month reprieve."

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