Father Joseph Sitko, pastor of St. Michael’s Church in Simpson, said the decision to raze Holy Trintiy Church was necessary not only to stop vandalism and theft that was taking place there, but also to prevent someone from being injured while breaking into the building and any potential legal ramifications from that.
For Father Joseph Sitko, pastor of St. Michael’s Church, watching the historic Holy Trinity Church in Simpson being torn down has been excruciating.
“It’s a very painful experience,” he offered.
However, he stated that he sees it as the lesser of two evils.
Although a written history of Holy Trinity is not available, Fr. Sitko told the NEWS that the parish was founded in 1907 or 1908. He noted that it merged with St. Michael’s in 1987, but Holy Trinity was closed down in 2006.
“I came to St. Michael’s in September of 2007, and they had stopped saying Mass at Holy Trinity about a year or so before that,” he related.
Fr. Sitko stated that vandalism and theft have been persistent problems since the church closed down.
“We were told to board up the windows to put a stop to it,” he noted, “but when we did that, someone stole the plywood that we used for the boarding.”
He said the decision to raze the abandoned church was necessary not only to stop the vandalism and theft that was taking place there, but to prevent someone from being injured while breaking into the building and any potential legal ramifications from that.
“Because of the vandalism and liability issues, it had to be done,” Fr. Sitko explained.
“It is very painful to see the church being torn down, but it was even more painful to see it being desecrated the way it was,” he pointed out.