- Created on Friday, 04 September 2015 10:04
The parishioners of the largest non-cathedral Roman Catholic Church in the north of England are quietly getting excited about the prospect of their church remaining open. Under threat of closure for at least three years, St Mary Crowned RC Church in Glossop has been given the 'all clear' by a surveyor who says the building is structurally sound and most of the work required is internal. Parishioners, young and old are throwing themselves into fundraising activities to raise the money required to restore the Church to its former glory.
This could mean having to raise up to £1million but the Parish Priest, Fr Gregory Tobin, feels this is achievable. "When I came here four years ago, I was struck by the profound love that these parishioners have for their church and the community that goes along with that and I know, with the support of these parishioners and the wider community, that we can do it.". He goes on to say "What better way to celebrate the Feast Day of St Mary Crowned than to launch our fundraising appeal today (22nd August)?".
A local young film maker, whose parents and grandparents were active members of the parish, has produced a short film to help with the fundraising effort (see it link here). The community of the Parish is part of the thriving Community of the Peak District town of Glossop and the parishioners are confident of the support of local people.
Celebrating the Past, Securing the Future is the theme of this fundraising effort and to this end, the next event is a Church Open Day on Saturday 12th September where there will be displays of photographs depicting the history of the Church, along with children's activities and flower displays.