Parishioners try to Save St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Portland 

Parishioners at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Portland are making what they call a last-ditch effort to save the church from being sold. The church is scheduled to hold its final Masses next weekend. Parishioners started gathering signatures on a letter this past weekend which they plan to present to Bishop Richard Malone, the apostolic administrator for the Diocese of Portland. They hope he reverses the decision to sell the church. A purchase and sales agreement has been signed with a developer that owns an adjacent shopping center, but the sale is not yet final. The church is being closed because it runs an annual deficit and membership is declining. A spokesman for the diocese tells The Portland Press Herald, the bishop is unlikely to reverse the sale.