Church Militant: Massachusetts Parishioners Fighting to Save Historic Church:
Parishioners concede Our Lady is in need of repairs but only because the diocese has neglected to undertake basic repairs. For instance, the diocese neglected to file an insurance claim when the church began showing signs of water damage. And the repairs are not so severe that the building needed be torn down. The city building inspector said in a recent public hearing that there was no need for the church to be knocked down.
Advocates believe Mount Carmel has a bright future. The parish was one of the top revenue-drawing parishes in 2015, and parishoners claim it can continue receiving tithes and donations. The church has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Buildings.