NORWICH – Nearly seven months after it was announced that one of the two Catholic churches in Norwich would close, parishioners and representatives of St. Bartholomew’s and St. Paul’s are mapping out their futures together, with no plans for either parish to shut its doors.
What began as the quest to save St. Bart’s has now become the quest to restore faith and bring both churches closer together, as several weeks ago it was announced, unofficially, that both churches will remain open. Parishioners and officials from both churches now say molding – and mending – the Catholic landscape in Norwich is the task at hand.
That task will begin at a parish council meeting to be held tonight. A planning committee will present a final draft outlining how the two churches will operate in the future. “From the first draft to the final draft – we’ve expanded a lot of things,” said Parish Council President and planning committee member Ron Storrin. “I think people will come away with a better feeling.”