Parishioners thankful for roof, restoration

first_imgIt’s still unclear how much of the cost will be covered by insurance, but the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has offered to help the church, Schimmoller said. Still, he predicts a fundraising campaign will be necessary. Today’s morning Thanksgiving service marks the congregation’s gratefulness to have their building back, Ponce said. “It’s great to have everything back to normal,” she said. “I really, really missed the church.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Shingles were all over Foothill Boulevard,” Ponce recalled. A series of rainstorms prevented the church from drying out enough for a new roof to be built, and despite covering the building in tarps, rain leaked into the building. As the ceiling soaked up water, chunks of plaster began falling to the floor. Just before Easter, the danger forced the church to close, said Don Schimmoller, St. Frances’ business administrator. Easter was held in a 1,000-person rental tent in the parking lot, as were all the other services while the congregation waited for the church to be repaired. The hot, stuffy tent and pavement “floor” was hard on the church members during the repairs, Schimmoller and others said. Water had also seeped down the walls and into the carpet, and ceiling bits – with asbestos – crashed onto the pews, he said. Approximately six months and $700,000 later, St. Frances of Rome has a fresh paint job, refurbished pews, new carpet, a stripped-down and rebuilt ceiling, updated lights and, of course, a new roof, Schimmoller said. “People would come in and look around and look up at the ceiling, and their faces would light up,” he said. AZUSA – After holding Mass outdoors under a tent for six months, the parishioners at St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Azusa know just what they’re thankful for – having a roof over their heads again. The church will host a Thanksgiving Day Mass today, which doubles as something of a dedication ceremony for the renovated church. Officials with St. Frances of Rome said parishioners were in awe when they were finally able to come back into the church a month ago. “It was like walking in to a new church the first Sunday that we had Mass,” said parishioner Sylvia Ponce, who is also a parish office assistant. “It was beautiful.” Heavy windstorms early in the year snagged a loose tile on the roof, creating a domino effect that ripped off more than half of the other tiles, she said. last_img read more