The small village of Martinton is losing its Catholic church. The last Sunday Mass is July 20th. An Iroquois County Catholic church, with more than 110 years of history, is closing its doors next month.
Bishop Daniel Conlon will celebrate the church's final mass.
Parishioners in the town of 375 recently learned of the announced-closing of St. Martin's Catholic Church.
The Rev. Reynald Reyes, a Filipino, who's fluent in Spanish was just moved to the Gilman parish to serve Immaculate Conception Church.
The numbers are gone in Martinton. St. Martin's parish council President Joe LaFond reports there used to be 100 families. Today, the numbers are down to about just about 30 people who attend Sunday mass. The parish used to have a regular base of 40-50 families.
A spokesman for the Joliet Diocese said the parish hall will still be available for weddings or funerals if the family involved makes that choice.