Citing high upkeep costs, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday that it had closed Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in West Philadelphia on Friday.
In January 2013, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish merged with St. Cyprian Parish. Most services were held in St. Cyprian Church, 525 Cobbs Creek Parkway. Blessed Sacrament, at 63d and Callowhill Streets, was an "alternate worship site" that hosted occasional Masses, funerals, weddings, and baptisms, archdiocese spokesman Kenneth Gavin said.
The parish now has permission to put the Blessed Sacrament building to "profane but not sordid use," the archdiocese said. In this case, profane means that the building can be put to secular use, Gavin said. Sordid means that it cannot be used for something the church would deem "immoral." He declined to give examples.