RELIGION

The Latest: Final service held in church after long protest

  • Parishioners carry quilts made to commemorate a vigil at the St. Frances X. Cabrini Church at the conclusion of a planned final service at the church, Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Scituate, Mass. For more than 11 years, a core group of about 100 die-hard parishioners at the church have kept their parish open by maintaining an around-the-clock vigil in protest of a decision by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston to close it following the clergy sex abuse crisis. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Parishioners carry quilts made to commemorate a vigil at the St. Frances X. Cabrini Church at the conclusion of a planned final service at the church, Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Scituate, Mass. For more than 11 years, a core group of about 100 die-hard parishioners at the church have kept their parish open by maintaining an around-the-clock vigil in protest of a decision by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston to close it following the clergy sex abuse crisis. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

  • Karen Virginia, of Holliston, Mass., center right, hugs parishioner Bobbie Sullivan, of Plymouth, Mass., right, following a planned final service at St. Frances X. Cabrini Church, Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Scituate, Mass. For more than 11 years, a core group of about 100 die-hard parishioners at the church have kept their parish open by maintaining an around-the-clock vigil in protest of a decision by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston to close it following the clergy sex abuse crisis. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Karen Virginia, of Holliston, Mass., center right, hugs parishioner Bobbie Sullivan, of Plymouth, Mass., right, following a planned final service at St. Frances X. Cabrini Church, Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Scituate, Mass. For more than 11 years, a core group of about 100 die-hard parishioners at the church have kept their parish open by maintaining an around-the-clock vigil in protest of a decision by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston to close it following the clergy sex abuse crisis. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

  • Parishioner Nancy Shilts, of Scitutate, Mass., center, and her daughter Karlyn Tropeano, of Abington, Mass., top right, join with others in carrying quilts made to mark the passing years of a vigil at the conclusion of a planned final service at St. Frances X. Cabrini Church, Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Scituate, Mass. For more than 11 years, a core group of about 100 die-hard parishioners at the church have kept their parish open by maintaining an around-the-clock vigil in protest of a decision by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston to close it following the clergy sex abuse crisis. On Sunday, the parishioners' efforts will end and they will vacate the Scituate church. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Parishioner Nancy Shilts, of Scitutate, Mass., center, and her daughter Karlyn Tropeano, of Abington, Mass., top right, join with others in carrying quilts made to mark the passing years of a vigil at the conclusion of a planned final service at St. Frances X. Cabrini Church, Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Scituate, Mass. For more than 11 years, a core group of about 100 die-hard parishioners at the church have kept their parish open by maintaining an around-the-clock vigil in protest of a decision by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston to close it following the clergy sex abuse crisis. On Sunday, the parishioners' efforts will end and they will vacate the Scituate church. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the final service held at a Roman Catholic church after an 11-year protest (all times local):

4:10 p.m.

Members of a parish closed by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston have held a final service before leaving the church they've occupied in an around-the-clock vigil since 2004.

Parishioners called Sunday's service at St. Frances X. Cabrini in Scituate (SIH'-choo-iht) a "celebration of faith and transition."

During the service, a handful of empty pews dotted a sea of churchgoers, many of whom openly cried. About a dozen quilts, some of them depicting each year of the vigil, decorated the church's walls. At the service's conclusion, families retrieved the quilts and formed a procession, carrying them down the aisles and through the church's doors.

The archdiocese wanted to shutter the church as part of a broad restructuring plan that closed dozens of other parishes.

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6:30 a.m.

Parishioners of a church closed by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston plan to hold a final service before leaving the church they've occupied in an around-the-clock vigil since 2004.

The service set for Sunday at St. Frances X. Cabrini in Scituate — a suburb of Boston — is being called a "celebration of faith and transition."

The parishioners agreed to leave after the Supreme Court refused to hear their final appeal earlier this month. They say they will form an independent Catholic church outside of archdiocese control.

For more than 11 years, a die-hard group of parishioners kept a constant vigil in the church building in hopes of reversing an archdiocese decision to close it as part of a broad restructuring plan that closed dozens of other parishes.