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Last mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
Date: 9/12/2013 Album ID: 1704155
Photos by Gabe Souza
Parishioners at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in South Portland celebrated their last mass their Wednesday night, September 11, 2013. The church will merge with Holy Cross, also in South Portland, and the building will be sold.
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Arriving just a few minutes late, Annie Archibald of Scarborough was the last parishoner to walk up the steps to enter St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in South Portland Wednesday night, September 11, 2013, as the parish celebrated its final mass.
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Barbara Nee, 80, who has been a lifelong parishoner at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in South Portland, hands out programs at the church's final mass Wednesday night, September 11, 2013.
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Kathleen Meehan, left, and Joanne Elkanich, right, both of South Portland, were some of the many parishoners exchanging hugs after the last mass was said at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in South Portland Wednesday night, September 11, 2013.
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Monsignor Michael Henchal blesses the altar before consecrating the sacrament at the final mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in South Portland Wednesday night, September 11, 2013.
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Parishioners streamed out of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in South Portland carrying items they will bring with them to Holy Cross church after the last mass was said at St. John's Wednesday night, September 11, 2013. The church will merge with Holy Cross, also in South Portland, and the building will be sold.
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Monsignor Michael Henchal, center, walks out of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in South Portland Wednesday night, September 11, 2013, carrying the monstrance, which holds the holy eucharist, after saying the final mass at the church.
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Parishioners at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in South Portland celebrated their last mass their Wednesday night, September 11, 2013. The church will merge with Holy Cross, also in South Portland, and the building will be sold.
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Determined to be the last person to leave the church, Sheila Duane of South Portland sits in her pew long after the final mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in South Portland ended Wendesday night, September 11, 2013. Duane has been a parishoner at the church for 40 years, and struggled emotionally with its closing.
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