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Despite Odds, Boston Church Holds Easter Mass

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Despite Odds, Boston Church Holds Easter Mass

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Despite Odds, Boston Church Holds Easter Mass

Despite Odds, Boston Church Holds Easter Mass

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East Boston Catholics attend Easter Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel church on Sunday. Shannon Mullen hide caption

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An East Boston church that was supposed to shut down four years ago celebrated Easter Mass on Sunday. Our Lady of Mount Carmel was one of dozens of parishes ordered to close in the wake of a priest sex abuse scandal that cost the Boston diocese millions of dollars in settlements.

Members of the parish have been holding a vigil in the building since 2004. On Easter Sunday, for the first time in four years, there was a priest at the alter for one of the high holy days.