BRIDGEPORT - Congregants of local Bridgeport churches marched today in an effort to keep their places of worship open.

The Diocese of Bridgeport is expected to close three churches in the city, including Saint Raphael's Church.

Jose Huerta and several dozen members of his parish carried signs and a message, pleading with Bishop William Lori to keep the church open. It was the second time in as many days that they gathered, after holding a candlelight vigil last night.

Lori has said the closures will allow the diocese to better respond to the needs of the more than 400,000 Catholics in southwestern Connecticut.