Sunday, April 17, 2011
St. John Vianney Church
The church I have been attending since childhood was burned in an arson fire on Friday night. It is really heartbreaking for all of us. One of the Priests ruptured a tendon a couple of months ago and just came to for today's Palm Sunday service, which was held in the church hall. He was given a standing ovation. As he said "We will rise again." The rectory was saved but the heat from the fire blew out all the windows and much of the interior was melted. Luckily none of the priests were killed. A fireman had to pull one of them to safety. The church is a total loss. The damage is estimated at 8 million dollars.
It's sound like it's going to take two or three years to rebuild. I feel sorry for anyone who had the church booked for their wedding :(. It is nice that people are sharing their pictures of the church as it was at this facebook site https://www.facebook.com/RebuildStJohnVianneyChurch