Historic Church In El Paso’s Lower Valley Has Closed Its Doors But It’s Not Forever
A Lower Valley church built in 1912 is having some issues, and because of that, it had to close. Now, parishoners of the San Jose Catholic Church are worried it might never open again. There were even internet rumors that the structure had been condemned by the City of El Paso.
Elizabeth O'Hara, communications director for the Catholic Diocese of El Paso put those fears to rest. She said the building is not red tagged, and the building is not dangerous. O'Hara went on to say "the outside of the church may not be as beautiful as some of the new churches, but again that comes from age and it is made from a kind of material that needs attention."
The parish asked the City to inspect the building, and recommended that the church not be used until some cracks in the building were fixed. O'Hara says a structural study will be done in the next 2-3 weeks, and until then, Mass will being held in the parish hall. After any necessary repairs are made, things to return back to normal at San Jose.