AUBURN, Maine (AP) - A final Mass has been scheduled for a landmark Catholic church in central Maine that is slated to be sold or demolished.
The 98-year-old St. Louis Church in Auburn needs an estimated $1 million or more in repairs, far more than the parish can afford.
Bishop Richard Malone has given approval for the church to be torn down if it can't be sold in a timely fashion, but a final decision has yet to be made whether to sell or raze the building.
Longtime parishioner Gerard Dennison tells the Sun Journal that at its peak, the church and its school served 1,000 to 1,200 families.
When the final services are held on Thursday, he says it will mark the end of an era for many families.
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