A closed Northampton church is starting to remove its sacred items.
It’s been years since St. Mary’s Church in Northampton closed its doors. The church has been dark since 2010 after the consolidation of five Northampton parishes.
Church officials have begun removing sacred items from the church, including the altar.
Mark DuPont, spokesperson for the Diocese of Springfield told 22News the building closed because it wasn’t accessible enough to parishioners.
But, even after all these years, some parishioners still feel the church should have never closed.
DuPont said, “We understand the hardship of seeing their church lost but as the bishop has said, we are not reopening this decision. There is no argument reopening this decision.
The five churches have consolidated to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish on King Street. The St. Mary’s property is for sale.
There is no word on when the iconic building might be purchased.