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St. Casimir’s Church sold

Posted By September 16, 2011 | 6:00 am | Lead Story #2, Local
St. Casimir 2008

St. Casimir’s Church building and attached rectory, along with three small house lots across Providence Street, have been sold, according to Msgr. Thomas J. Sullivan, diocesan Chancellor.
The Church of the Pentecost, USA, Inc., of 5 Blackstone River Road, Worcester,  bought the property for $650,000, he said.
Proceeds will go  to St. John’s Parish. St. Casimir’s and Ascension parishes were merged with St. John’s Parish in 2008.
St. Casimir’s Parish was established  in 1894. It was first called the Parish of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. But members of the St. Casimir Society, which was formed in 1891, insisted that it be called St. Casimir’s, since it served  both the Lithuanian and Polish communities in Worcester and St. Casimir was a national hero-saint to both Poles and Lithuanians, according to a church history.
The first church was a wooden structure on Waverly Street. In 1900 the congregation bought land at Providence, Waverly and Clarkson streets for the present building. The cornerstone was laid in 1903. However, the Polish parishioners, who had grown in number, wanted to start their own parish, which reduced parish income. The church finally was completed in 1916.