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After Harvey: Houston parish resumes services in temporary church

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 12/02/17

You may remember the reports about this church and its parish community from a few months back.

This video showed the devastation:

Now, an update:

After being completely flooded by Hurricane Harvey, St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church is putting the finishing touches on a temporary church to finally resume services after being away for nearly three months.

A crew was working power the building located on the church’s front lawn, which is adding five air conditioning and heating units, speaker system and lights so that it would be ready by this weekend.

Father Norbert Maduzia said the new steel structure with a tarp roof took about a week to assemble.

“It’s not perfect, but it’s home,” he said. “That’s the important thing – to keep people at home.”

While the noise of traffic on Cypresswood Drive intrudes in the new building, the temporary church has 1,001 chairs for parishioners to arrive on Saturday evening.

Church officials have been working behind the scenes to figure out legal, insurance and risk management after Harvey.

Maduzia said the temporary church is a visible sign to parishioners of the work that’s being done to repair the church.

“We’ve got the try to make the best of it,” he said.

Read more and see pictures of the temporary church here.

Photo: Facebook

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