WATERVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For more than 140 years the land around St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church was sacred, now it is littered with demolition debris.
The last mass was celebrated here roughly five years ago, and the massive brick building has sat vacant ever since.
"My mother made her first Holy Communion here and was baptized here and so forth," stated Raymond LaPointe, as he stared through the chainlink fence surrounding the church, parish hall and rectory.
"It is kind of a sad thing to see a church go like that," he lamented. "It was beautiful inside, the woodwork and whatnot."
Dwindling attendance lead parishioners to shutter the church, which was built in 1872.
"It was home to us. We both grew up in that parish," explained Mike Hebert.
"It had a homey feeling," his wife Debbie chimed in. "I mean, you could go in there and you knew everybody that you met in there."