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St. Mary's High School vigil held as Bishop meets with parish officials

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WESTFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A prayer vigil was held outside of St. Mary's High School in Westfield Saturday morning following the announcement the school would be shutting down at the end of the academic year.

The vigil is just one of many efforts alumni, parents, and students have organized since news of the school's shutdown was announced.

Bishop Rozanski of the Springfield Diocese, arrived shortly after 9AM to the school for a meeting with school board and finance council members.

The school's closure was announced suddenly parents say and is being attributed to a decline in enrollment.

Ever since, grassroots efforts have been underway to not just up the enrollment numbers but to also raise money.

So far, thousands have been raised. But it's not enough, some say, to keep the doors open.

As the Bishop held the meeting Saturday morning with parish officials, the concerned folks gathering in the parking lot were hoping to get answers. 

The meeting lasted for about an hour and people outside concerned for the future of St Mary's school remained until the Bishop was done. No decision was announced Saturday morning, but we're told one will be made in the coming days.

Stay with Western Mass News as we continue to follow this story. Get the latest details and hear from the school board president starting at 6 p.m. on ABC40. 

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