The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced its plan to close Ascension of Our Lord Parish, effective October 1st, in the city's Harrowgate section.
The Archdiocese says the decision to close the parish comes as the result of a months long study of the Archdiocesan Strategic Planning Committee.
According to the Archdiocese, the Ascension of Our Lord church building was in serious physical condition and had safety issues. The building will not be maintained as a worship site, as the strategic planning committee estimates the cost for improving the building would be at least $3 million.
The closure is part of an ongoing restructuring effort that began in 2011. The Archdiocese says the goal is to strengthen parish communities and position them for future growth and sustainability.
Parishioners will be welcomed at two other nearby parishes; Holy Innocents Parish or Visitation B.V.M. Parish - both of which are less than two miles away.