I’m a little surprised by this. The Boston archdiocese has changed its mind. Its not going to close St. James Church in Stoughton; instead, they’re merging with Our Lady of the Rosary Church and the parishioners are being given a choice of which building to worship in.
By the way the article is wrong. The closing of St. Catherine of Siena in Charlestown has not been “abandoned.” Rather than being suppressed outright, it is instead being merged with two other parishes. In the same way, the article is wrong about the Stoughton situation. The members of the two parishes are not choosing which church will stay open and which will close. Rather they are being given input into their preferred future home. And even then, the final decision is up to the archbishop.