Indy parish closes its doors after more than 100 years

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — On Sunday, a local Catholic parish closed its doors for the last time. In May, the Archbishop of Indianapolis decided to close the Holy Trinity Parish.

Nearly 700 people packed the Holy Trinity Parish Sunday. The sound of the parishioners singing praises together filled its west side neighborhood for the last time.

“It’s very difficult and a sad day as we celebrate the final Sunday mass as a parish,” said Father John McCaslin

There was barely enough room for everyone who wanted to come say goodbye. People stood along the walls and packed the hallways. For many, it was coming home.

Three generations of Leslie Shirk’s family have attended this church. Shirk moved to Louisville, but saw the news of the parish closing on Facebook.

“I thought, this is something I have to do. I have to drive and come attend the last mass here,” said Shirk.

Financial concerns, a shifting catholic demographic and a declining clergy all factored in to the decision to close Holy Trinity after more than 100 years.

“For them to have to be uprooted out of their parish and go to another parish that’s a personal thing,” said Shirk.

“The church is ultimately called to respond to the times and it’s difficult and sad because it’s such an important part of the lives of so many people,” said McCaslin

Holy Trinity will merge into St. Anthony Parish.

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