Final mass at Burlington church

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) It was the final mass for a historic church in Burlington.

The former Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was filled for their final mass Saturday. After the service, they locked the doors as a symbol for the last offering.

It was an emotional day for many at the service sharing positive memories.

"It's a sad day for many people, but many wonderful things happen here over the years and for that, we are thankful today," Pastor William Giroux said.

"It's a very sad day, but personally I have so much gratitude for all the graces and all of the blessings and all of the special -- for so many families that make up Burlington," Sister Mary Boiselle said.

Parish members say they will use other churches in Burlington and Chittenden County as their new places of worship.

In October, WCAX News reported that the property near the Church Street Marketplace was up for sale. Bishop Christopher Coyne said there were just not enough parishioners, and the church could not continue to operate with a $75,000 to $85,000 deficit each year.

Earlier in the year, the church was demoted from a cathedral to a parish.

It has been a staple for the Catholic community in Vermont for more than a 150 years. The original church burned in an arson fire back in the 1970s.