The Mater Dolorosa Church in Holyoke is being demolished.
The Diocese of Springfield closed the facility a little more than seven years ago because it said that it was not safe.
That is something that parishioners had disputed and went as far as The Pope to try to get him to intervene.
The City of Holyoke issued the demolition permits earlier in the week and the demolition began Tuesday.
So far, neither the Diocese of Springfield, nor the city of Holyoke have said what they will build on the property.