BATAVIA – St. Anthony of Padua, a Catholic church formed more than 100 years ago to serve Italian immigrants who worked the farms and fields of what was then a village, will close later this month.
Local clergy sources say St. Anthony’s, which once had 1,000 members, will end with a final Mass on Dec. 30.
St. Anthony’s was formed in 1908 and the present church built in 1954. Its community center/gymnasium has hosted hundreds of activities, from boxing matches to bingo. An elementary school was shut down six years ago.
Under the Diocese of Buffalo configuration a few years ago, St. Anthony’s and Sacred Heart of Jesus, which served the Polish community, were merged into Ascension Parish. Counting Sacred Heart, three worship sites remain in Batavia. Resurrection Parish includes St. Joseph’s, two blocks from St. Anthony’s, and St. Mary’s. Masses are said at all sites.