Possible Church Closings

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

As a part of the Omaha Archdiocese plan, some churches will close, but others will grow.

89-year-old Jackie Gilbert went to Kindergarten and church at Blessed Sacrament Church, one of those on the chopping block. Her four children were baptized there, and she taught at the school for 50 years. The news of the change was not good for her.

"I went to grade school there. My folks moved away when I was in college. There was a strong community at that time, I mean it was like an old town. A strong community feeling. When my husband graduated from dental school, I bought our home out there and raised our children out there and I had the same feeling with them. They could play in the park, they could walk to school, they had all their friends in the community. It's very hard emotionally for me to accept this," Jackie Gilbert said.

Mrs. Gilbert spent most of her life in this church. She loves the charm of the building, but as a member of the finance department, she knew change had to come when consolidation studies started.

"Factually, realistically, I have to recognize it has to be. With that many fewer families that can't support that big structure and there aren't that many children," Gilbert said.

Mrs. Gilbert says people don't have to be upset at the closing of some of the city's older churches.

"I hope everybody will realize that whatever the change is they could still have that community of faith in the new church that they're assigned to," Gilbert said.

The archdiocese says the buildings could be used for special events or sold in the future.

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