Parishioners Want Money Back if Church Closes

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 26, 2006 at 10:15 PM EDT

Parishioners at a Binghamton church want their money back, if their church closes.

The Syracuse Diocese is looking to close or combine area churches because a shortage of priests.

That includes St. Paul's in Binghamton.

But people at that church say they were misled.

Parishioner Jim Norris tells Action News, the church approved some renovations to St. Paul's three years ago.

So parishioners raised more than 500 thousand dollars for improvements.

Norris says parishioners were told if they raised the money, the church would stay open for many years.

But with talks of closing St. Paul's, Norris says they were misled.

And he says if the church closes, parishioners should get back the money they raised.

Parishioners are having a meeting to discuss the situation.

It's at Calvin Coolidge elementary school in Binghamton.

The meeting is Tuesday night, at 7:30.

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