152-year-old mission church another casualty of changing times

By Hannah Shirley
MILL RIVER­—After 152 years, the Church of the Immaculate Conception has held its final Mass. Sitting high on a hill, it was the last church left serving the village it overlooked.
The final Mass on Oct. 28 was attended by about 60 people, although in recent years the regular parish has dwindled to 10-20.
Immaculate Conception is one of three Catholic churches run jointly along with Our Lady of the Valley in Sheffield and Our Lady of the Hills in Monterey. Deacon Sean Mulholland, who acts as the administrator of all three churches, said although the decision to end weekly services at Immaculate Conception was painful, in the end, it was an obvious one as well.

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