photo - On Sunday, November 11, 2016, parishioners and other local Catholics gathered for a special service to discuss the financial situation of Our Lady of Perpetual Help church. Holy Cross novice Andrew Fritz leaves the service at the small, historical Catholic Church in Manitou Springs. photo by Jerilee Bennett,The Gazette
On Sunday, November 11, 2016, parishioners and other local Catholics gathered for a special service to discuss the financial situation of Our Lady of Perpetual Help church. Holy Cross novice Andrew Fritz leaves the service at the small, historical Catholic Church in Manitou Springs. photo by Jerilee Bennett,The Gazette 

Parishioners of a Catholic church in Manitou Springs that was targeted for closure due to dwindling attendance and revenues - partly blamed on traffic to the Manitou Incline hiking trail and parking problems - will receive an award from the city's historic preservation commission Thursday night.

Members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 218 Ruxton Ave., in Manitou Springs, will be presented with a special recognition award for their efforts in working with the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs to "ensure the church remains a functioning and contributing component of the Manitou Springs community."

Also, parishioner Charles L.T. Smith, a leader of the team working on the church's preservation, will be singly honored as well.

The ceremony starts at 6 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Since last fall, the church community has rallied to address parking issues with the city, raise money to cover a projected deficit and create a plan to fund building renovations.

Attendees can use a free shuttle bus that picks up from the free parking lot on Old Man's Trail and runs to the church.

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