Members of the historic West Park St Patrick's Catholic church are working fervently to keep their doors open. Last month, the congregation was shocked when they found out that Bishop Lennon had selected the parish to close its doors despite having heavily attended masses and being a fixture to Cleveland's Irish community for over 160 years.
The group released a message on Facebook stating that they have already raised $600,000 in pledges by supporters to show financial viability. They added that that Bishop Lennon has scheduled a meeting with their committee for Thursday, July 2nd as part of the appeal process.
So far two Cleveland area churches have gained a reprieve from closure by the Bishop. St Colmans and St Ignatius of Antioch both made successful appeals after protesting their closures. Many West Park residents are hoping that Saint Pats makes it a lucky a number three.