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Friends of Mater Dolorosa gather on third anniversary of closing

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Three years ago this month, the Diocese of Springfield closed down the Mater Dolorosa church in Holyoke.

Sunday evening, the church's former parishioners gathered to celebrate their fight to reopen the building.

The "Friends of Mater Dolorosa" met at the Cavalier restaurant.

The group had plenty to talk about, including the possible Polish heritage district in Holyoke that would include their building, as well as the new bishop appointed to the diocese.

Mater Dolorosa spokesperson Vic Anop told CBS 3 that his group looks forward to talking with Bishop Mitchell Thomas Rozanski.

"We're hopeful that he's going to be what he's been advertised to be," said Anop. "Whatever short snippets we've had of him, he seems to be an outstanding man who wants to talk with people. He wants to be here. If he was able to be here, I think he would be here to celebrate with his people."

The Springfield Diocese told CBS 3 that they are still waiting on a ruling from the Vatican with regards to any possible reopening the church.

Sunday night, the parishioners honored Holyoke Sun columnist Daniel Boyle for his continuing coverage of their fight.

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