EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan —The Church of the Nativity on Second Avenue in the East Village held its last Sunday service.
About 30 parishioners attended the mass. The parish will now consolidate with Most Holy Redeemer a couple of blocks away.
It is all part of the Archdiocese of New York’s reorganization process.
“We are sad because we are losing our church” said long time parishioner Mercedes Sanchez. “We are disappointed in the Archdiocese for shooing us out.”
Reverend Sean McGillicuddy told parishioners during the final service to trust the Lord “may he be with us where ever we go the Most Holy Redeemer or another parish.”
The church of Nativity opened in 1842 and was where Dorothy Day worshiped. She co-founded the International Catholic Workers Movement and it’s network of community housing for the homeless. She is now a candidate for sainthood.
“We should have something here to honor her.” Said Sanchez who would like to see a chapel built or place where homeless people can get meals and take a shower. Archdiocese spokesman Joe Zwilling said they would consider the parishes request. “If there is something the parish wanted to do and the whole parish thought that would be a good idea then we would be open to it.” The very last serve at the Church of the Nativity is Friday the 31st.