Sunday, September 2, 2012
Several residents passed along word that today will mark the last mass for Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church on East 12th Street ... the church will be making way for some sort of yet-specified new development. In May 2007, The New York Times reported that the Roman Catholic church would close as part of a realignment by the Archdiocese of New York. However, the church remained open for mass on Sundays... there is one Spanish-language mass now at 11:30 a.m.
I'm unaware of any ceremonies to mark the closure. In May 2007, parishioners carried a statue of Mary from the church to lead a procession around the block, as The Villager noted.
This is also the last weekend for the flea market in the church's lot.