CHICAGO (WLS) -- After 101 years in the South Shore neighborhood, Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church celebrated its final Mass Sunday.
The closure is part of a restructuring plan announced earlier this year by the Archdiocese of Chicago.
People who have long had ties to the parish attended the morning service. Among them was a man who said his grandparents were founding members.
"It's going to be, you know, very bittersweet. It's a gorgeous church, we have many fond memories," parishioner Chris Chouinard said.
"We're the light for people in this community when they need help. A lot of our homeless people come in here during our services," parishioner Valencia Rias-Winstead said.
Our Lady of Peace will merge with parishes of St. Bride, Our Lady Gate of Heaven and St. Philip Neri.
Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church celebrates final Mass after 101 years in South Shore