Southeastern PA

Pottstown church closes for safety inspection

Future of Holy Trinity Catholic Church uncertain

Pottstown church closed for possible structural damage

POTTSTOWN, Pa. - Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Pottstown temporarily is closing until a comprehensive structural evaluation is completed to ensure the safety of parishioners and the community.

The church was examined earlier this week by an independent engineering firm, which led to a recommendation to restrict access to the site because of potentially unsafe and structurally unstable conditions.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia authorized the closure out of concern for the safety of parishoners.

The Montgomery County church is a worship site of Saint Aloysius Parish.

The preliminary assessment found several items that present potentially unsafe and structurally
unstable conditions, reported a spokesman for the archdiocese.

The existing heavy timber roof trusses are failing and causing outward
deflection of the exterior walls.

Additionally, a visual review of those trusses identified several
areas of concern within the framing.

Due to those findings, the engineering firm has recommended immediately
restricting access to the interior of the building until a comprehensive structural evaluation can be completed.

Such an evaluation will require exploratory openings be cut into existing masonry
to determine the specific magnitude of structural distress.

The future of the church building will be determined by the findings and the options available to the parish.

Those who regularly attend Mass at Holy Trinity are invited to attend Mass at Saint Aloysius Catholic Church in Pottstown.

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