The Archdiocese of Omaha recently announced the closure of St. Richard Catholic church in north Omaha. This comes roughly a month after the decision by the Archdiocese to close the parish's school. The video below give more information concerning the closing.
A steady decline of parishioners is cited as the primary reason for closing the church. When the parish was formed in 1961, 525 families were registered. Today, there are only about 136 people on the parish roster.
The property will transfer to nearby Holy Name parish, which is studying the potential uses for the parish plant. While there is no great architectural loss with this closing, it's incredibly difficult for the parish community and neighborhood at large.
The present church building was constructed in 1981 with the intention that it would eventually be converted into the school gymnasium once a permanent church could be constructed. The projected growth never occurred and a new church was never built.
I've not been able to visit the church interior yet, but there are some historical treasure inside. According to an article in The Catholic Voice, "Parishioners were asked to consider donating the church's stained glass windows, stations of the cross, and other items they inherited from Holy Angels Church, which closed years ago, to the new St. Charles Borromeo Church. The church in Gretna is hoping to be completed by April 2010." Unfortunately I am unable to find any information whatsoever on the former Holy Angels Church. Any reader insights?
The final Mass at St. Richard's will be held Sunday, June 7 at 1:00 p.m.