Easter Sunday service held in front of Mater Dolorosa Church

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Parishioners of the Mater Dolorosa Roman Catholic Church in Holyoke held their Easter Sunday service.

They held their service on the front steps of the church that the Springfield Diocese closed in 2011. This was their third annual Easter Sunday service at the entrance to their longtime house of worship.

They’re still hopeful their beloved Polish church can be available to them again on a limited basis.

“There have been several churches that have been opened in the western part of the state including St. Patrick’s in Chicopee and St. Stan’s in Adams. We’d like to see mass here on a weekly basis, the parishioners won’t be burdened with the care and maintenance on the church,” said attorney Victor Anop, the chairman of Friends of Mater Dolorosa.

Friends of Mater Dolorosa welcome having their church included in a proposed Holyoke historic district to revitalize the Lyman and Maple Streets neighborhood.

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