(NECN: Scot Yount, Scituate, Mass.) - It has now been eight years, five months and five days since the Boston Archdiocese closed St. Francis Cabrini in Scituate, Mass.
The parishioners have maintained a strong and defiant vigil 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
On this Easter Sunday, they celebrated their faith and their resolve.
Maryellen Rogers and her husband Jon told NECN that the congregation will not give up.
The parishioners have appealed their case to what is the equivalent of the supreme court at the Vatican.
So far, the lower courts have upheld the decision to close the church and sell off the building and land. Just blocks from the ocean in an affluent community, parishioners say the decision to sell is based on money.
Why else, they say, would the archdiocese close a seemingly healthy church community?
The archdiocese has said there is no reason the parishioners can't go to any number of nearly 300 parishes in the archdiocese where they would be welcomed. Still the vigil continues.
On this Easter Sunday, the congregation is hoping for a rebirth and confirmation, that their more than eight-year struggle has been worth every second.
, Boston Archdiocese
, Scot Yount
, St. Francis Cabrini