Community prays together to keep nativity church open

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BOWERY, Manhattan — From the outside it may not seem like much but The Church of the Nativity on 2nd Ave dates back to to 1842. Generations of families have attended Catholic services here.

But now, parishioners are being forced to say good-bye. The church is scheduled to close August 1st and merge with another. Even after several appeals by church goers, which have been denied by the archdiocese.

Despite financial stability, and a growing number of members, parishioners fear the building is being sold to developers.

Members are not only praying the doors stay open but that the archdiocese will pay tribute to one particular parishioner, Dorothy Day, by placing a statue of her nearby.

Born in Brooklyn in 1897, Day was a journalist and social activist who in the 1930s co-founded the international Catholic Worker Movement, best known for its network of community housing for the homeless.

The Nativity's closure is part of the largest reorganization in the history of the archdiocese. In all, 112 parishes will be merged to create 55 new parishes in all of New York State.