Historic church closes in Newark

Sacred Heart Vailsburg Church celebrated its last Mass today.

Church officials say a combination of hundreds of thousands of dollars in needed repairs and dwindling attendance is what prompted the closing of the more than 80-year-old church.

Many residents say they went to the last Mass today to show their respect for the church that has touched so many lives.

Parishioners say they hope the church will be sold to another religious organization that will fix it up to its former glory and use it as a house of worship.

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