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St. Mary's parish council recommends church cease operations


DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Wednesday night the parish council at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dubuque met and decided to act on the recommendation they agreed upon in July; the parish should cease operations.  The recommendation will now be sent to the Archbishop for acceptance and approval. The Archbishop will work with the parish in the process of closing. 

In July hundreds of parishioners from St. Mary's met to discuss the fate of their church. The 150 year old church needs around $40,000 a year to operate, but only brings in half of that.  At the meeting, life long parishioners spoke to a crowd about the tough decision to close the parish. They called St. Mary's an aged parish and said there isn't enough involvement, young families or money to keep its doors open.

Father Rosonke asked everyone to keep an open mind about the issue, agreeing that no matter what it will be a difficult process.

St. Mary's will not close until the Archbishop approves the parish council's recommendation. No specifics regarding the use of the building or the parish have been released.

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