The first news of closing parishes is coming out. Among the closed, it is interesting to note that the parishes of about 90 percent of the 58 priests who demanded Cardinal Law’s resignation are there. My guess is that these guys had been identified as troublemakers long ago and were put in dead or dying parishes where they could do little harm.
Anyway, the announcements I’ve heard include St. Augustine’s, South Boston; Sacred Heart, Lexington; St. Bernard’s, Newton; St. Susannah’s, Dedham, Presentation, Brighton; Immaculate Conception, Cambridge. They’re being announced on the radio like snowstorm closings. I haven’t heard about any parishes in Salem yet, except that my own parish is staying open, which was no surprise.
Staying open are St. Joseph’s, Lynn; Gate of Heaven, South Boston; St. Philip Neri, Newton; Holy Family, Lynn; St. Ann, Marshfield;Incarnation, Melrose; St. Bridget, Abington.