LAKEWOOD, OH (WOIO) - The unwanted closing of churches in the Cleveland Catholic Diocese continued Saturday in Lakewood at historic St. James Church.
Over 1,400 families-approximately 4,500 individuals-will now be forced to find a new place to worship.
Bishop Richard Lennon celebrated the closing Mass on Saturday, June 26th at 5 p.m.
The church, located at the corner of Detroit and Granger Avenues, is the mother church of St. Luke and St. Clement parishes in Lakewood and St. Christopher's, Rocky River. It was recently designated a historic landmark by the city of Lakewood.
St. James is a founding parish of Lakewood Catholic Academy. The 102-year-old parish is the largest in the Lakewood cluster and celebrates the most Baptisms, Confirmations, and marriages within the cluster. Among its many ministries are an award-winning daycare center, a community meals program, and a Christmas giving program that benefits over 400 area children and adults, as well as a number of charitable organizations.