Church Roof Deemed Un-Repairable

A 98 year old church is scheduled to be torn down at the end of September in Clinton Massachusetts.  The former Our Lady of Jasna Gora church on Franklin Street is deteriorating and damaged.  The Roman Catholic Church was built in 1913 and designated for Polish immigrants.

The distinctive roof design would be difficult to repair and costly to replace. A large stained glass window directly under the roof is making it challenging and expensive to fix . “It’s a very unusual building, and it would be a very difficult roof to repair because of its unique architecture,” said Monsignor Thomas J. Sullivan, chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Worcester.

The church was last used by the Catholic Church for Mass in 2010.  The adjacent school, St. Mary’s Elementary was closed in 2009.

The church has been up for sale, but so far no one has been willing to pay the $300,000 for the building. Once the church is torn down, the cost of the property will be less and they are hoping to be able to sell the school, rectory and recreation building.



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