Newsom/Biden Policies Working: Churches to Be Closed Permanently

One of the goals of the Newsom/Democrat lockdown was to disrupt religious freedom in California and the United States.  In Simi Valley a grocery store has a sign at the entrance that says no more than 460 people at one time in the store.  Across the street there is a church, where no more than ten people are allowed in the church at one time.  Somehow government has decided that grocery stores are safer than churches.  In this article it show the policy of NO parishioners has actually killed off an historic church in San Fran.  How many other churches have been destroyed by the anti-First Amendment Democrat Party?

“The church used to receive about $3,500 each weekend in collections during its services, around half of which was from tourists, according to Ardis. That amount has dropped to about $1,000 for each of the eight weekends during the pandemic it has been able to open for reduced services, he said.

The church “faces the very real possibility of having to close its doors to the community, and to the world,” the GoFundMe description states.

The church has also lost income brought in by its preschool program, which it had to shut down due to a drop in enrollment, and its bookstore. As a result of these lost funds, the church had to let two priests go and terminate 20 staff members.”.

Another goal of the Democrats is being met, along with ending free speech, sending U.S. jobs to China—again.  California is in an economic Depression—the nation is on its way to the same fate

Historic San Francisco church says doors could close if it can’t raise money through donations

Old St. Mary’s has lost revenue, laid off staff due to shut down of services

Madeleine Beck, SF Examiner, 2/22/21 

A 167-year-old San Francisco church is reaching out to the community for financial support following a drop in their usual income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Old St. Mary’s Church, California’s oldest Cathedral, has set up a GoFundMe in hopes that the community will help make up some of the income it has lost, Old St. Mary’s priest Father John Ardis said.

“We’re hoping that the GoFundMe will reach out to people and that they will share it with their friends and family and hopefully people who have a love for the ministry or the historical aspects of Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, which has served the community since 1864,” Ardis said.

The church used to receive about $3,500 each weekend in collections during its services, around half of which was from tourists, according to Ardis. That amount has dropped to about $1,000 for each of the eight weekends during the pandemic it has been able to open for reduced services, he said.

The church “faces the very real possibility of having to close its doors to the community, and to the world,” the GoFundMe description states.

The church has also lost income brought in by its preschool program, which it had to shut down due to a drop in enrollment, and its bookstore. As a result of these lost funds, the church had to let two priests go and terminate 20 staff members.

The church will use money raised by the GoFundMe to pay for insurance costs and the Archdiocesan’s Annual Appeal, Ardis said. According to the GoFundMe, the church owes $250,000 in insurance payments.

Ardis said the church was originally built in 1854, but had to be rebuilt and reopened following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. Because of the age of the building and the cost of insurance, the church hasn’t been able to attend to some much needed maintenance issues, Ardis said.

During a majority of the pandemic, the church has been livestreaming mass via YouTube with readings in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, Ardis said. The weekend of Feb. 20 was the second weekend it was able to host in-person, limited capacity masses with required masks and social distancing.

“Ultimately, we’re looking forward to the day when we can welcome back multitudes of people,” Ardis said.

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Comments

  1. Jim Coles says

    These Leftist slugs are beyond despicable. Crazy people run Blue States. Pretty soon the folks will show their displeasure with the thieves who would steal & destroy our history, culture, country and God-given rights…and when that day comes it will suck to be a Leftist.

  2. Really??? says

    What did the Communist do in Russia and the eastern bloc…? shut the churches or took over the priest as puppets.

    What did Mao do in China? Shut down churches, in particularly Christian churches. What did Castro do? What did Pal Pot do?

    Getting the trend? All hail the socialist handbook.

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  4. Communists on brigade.

    We have been infiltrated by communists at every level. It starts in the early school years with the communists ‘teaching’ our children.

  5. Anne Stenehjem says

    Too bad these churches weren’t strong enough to stand up to this tyranny. So many of them rolled over and let the government take away their First Amendment rights. A few courageous houses of worship (namely Calvary Chapel of SJ) stood their ground and paved the road for the others.

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