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New Bedford church says its last Mass

NEW BEDFORD — For four decades, Lee Carreiro taught catechism classes at St. John the Baptist Church, helping to prepare generations of children for their First Communion in a parish that says it is the first Portuguese Catholic Church in North America.

On Sunday, she was one of the hundreds of parishioners who attended what was probably the church’s final Mass, a highly emotional service in which the pastor fought back tears from the pulpit.

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