Demolition work continued Tuesday at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church on outer Congress Street.

The church was sold to the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, which plans to build a new headquarters at the site next to the Westgate Shopping Center.

Demolition work continues Tuesday at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church on Congress Street in Portland.

Demolition work continues Tuesday at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church on Congress Street in Portland. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

The church fell victim to declining membership and a parish deficit, so it was combined with St. Pius X and St. Joseph’s churches to become Our Lady of Hope. The last Mass was celebrated at St. Patrick in 2013.

A spokesman for the Jewish Community Alliance said the organization plans to offer the new building as a community meeting space. It also operates both preschool and after-school programs, a food pantry and other charitable services.

St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church on Congress Street in Portland, which is being demolished, had been on the market for nearly four years when it was sold.

St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church on Congress Street in Portland, which is being demolished, had been on the market for nearly four years when it was sold. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer