NJ Parishioners Protest Church Closing - NBC 10 Philadelphia

NJ Parishioners Protest Church Closing

Church squatters stage 24-hour vigil to save St. Mary's



    Parishioners Pray-in to Protest Church Closing

    Parishioners call it a "pray-in" at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Malaga, N.J. The Camden Diocese closed the church in November citing a broken heater, crushing debt and declining attendance. The parishioners are vowing to maintain a vigil inside the church until it's reopened for worship. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011)

    The doors were wide open Tuesday at a Gloucester CountyRoman Catholic Church closed since Nov. 9.

    A group of parishioners at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Malaga, N.J. vow that they would keep a 24-hour vigil until it reopens.

    The church closing was a financial decision, the Camden Diocese said.  St. Mary's was closed because of a broken boiler, a reported $250,000 debt and low attendance.

    The church is piece of a planned merger with two other parishes as part of a consolidation effort.

    On Monday, church closing protesters gained entry and said that they would stay until the building is reopened. The Diocese doesn't plan to take any action against the parishioners to stop the protest.

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