Saying Goodbye to Blessed Sacrament

By WBNG News

December 10, 2011 Updated Dec 11, 2011 at 12:17 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It held the prayers of hundreds of people over 50 years. But two floods were more than Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church could take.

"Our oldest son got communion here and four children got their confirmation here, 2 got married in this church and 3 of my grandchildren got baptized here so it's tough to see if go," says John Lozinak.

John Lozinak and his wife Rose Mary have been members of Blessed Sacrament since the the start of the parish.

Save for John's days in the Navy, they were at the church for many masses.

"I'm going to miss it very much, very much so, but its very nice over at Saint Vincents, and we feel like we're a part of it," say Rose Mary Lozinak.

Rose Mary recalls the church when it first started, calling it little, warm, and a nice place to worship.

The Lozinak's are not alone when they say the closing of the church brings mixed emotions.

"It is bittersweet, there are just so many memories... I think it was the right decision to move on, yet there is a certain sadness knowing we'll never attend church here again," says Trustee, Debbie Grassi.

Father Edward Zandy says he understands the struggle to leave.

He was in the church during the flooding attempting to pump out the basements as the water poured inside.

"I knew the handwriting was on the wall. The first time in 2006 it was $1.6 million, and this time well over $2 million or $3 million in damages," says Father Zandy.

Parishioners say this last prayer service brings a feeling of closure.

The Diocese of Syracuse will sell the Blessed Sacrament property.

Father Zandy says he has had a few people interested and looks forward to the parish's new journey at Saint Vincent De Paul's.