It’s the end of an era, and the beginning of a new one. One of Ireland’s largest churches, Church of the Annunciation in Finglas in North Dublin, has had its last Mass. The church, which seats 3,500, opened in 1967, but attendance has been going down, so the church is slated to be demolished. It’ll be replaced by a much smaller church, with the extra land going towards housing for the elderly and social services.
Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said: “Times are changing and we all realize that whatever our emotional bond and attachment with this Church, it has become too large for today’s needs, maintenance has become problematic and its structure is showing signs of its age.”
“It is time to take a new look at our needs and start a new beginning,” he added.
— Archdiocese Dublin (@DublinDiocese) October 7, 2018
Archbishop Martin stated that the people who came to Finglas during the time of the building of the church didn’t have much money. “Despite having scarce financial wealth, they built up something that has lasted,” he said. “Generations emerged of hard-working people who knew what good neighborliness means.” He continued, “We have to ensure that this spirit endures and where things go wrong we have to rediscover what is best in this community.”
h/t Friendly Atheist