Final mass at St. Casimir's Church

By Perry Russom

July 1, 2013 Updated Jul 1, 2013 at 10:22 AM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For the final time in the church's history, St. Casimir's in Endicott held mass.

Pews were packed in the Roman Catholic church with parishioners to celebrate the final 11 a.m. worship.

"Well, it's been here a long time and I think a lot of senior citizens have belonged here longer than I have and it's just hard to say goodbye," said Jane Macek, of Endicott.

The church has been open for more than 80 years.

It's now consolidating due to their pastor retiring.

After more than 30 years of presiding over mass at the church, the Rev. Matthew Wieczorek is calling it a career.

"Well, it's hard," said lifelong parishioner Michael Vanuga, of Endicott. "We understand what's been happening with the church, especially in the northeast or some parts of the northeast, with consolidation. We realize that it's happening, but when it hits your church, it really does hit home."

Vanuga said his grandfather and grandmother were some of the first members of the church when it opened.

The church is merging with St. Joseph's just a few blocks away.