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'Back home again':
Giving thanks for refurbished Barneveld church
BARNEVELD -- It was apparent that members of Immaculate Conception Parish here were glad to be "back home" as they gathered March 28 for the first Mass celebrated in the church since it was damaged in a fire Dec. 23, 2003.
The refurbished interior of the church, which suffered smoke and water damage, includes replaced walls, ceiling, floor, and carpeting. A new sound system was installed as well. Additionally, the meeting room in the basement was renewed and the ceiling replaced.
Much of the work involved was done by volunteer craftsmen and other parish volunteers.
"My emotions today are mainly relief and happiness: relief that our efforts have been rewarded and we are back in our church according to our timetable, and happiness for the people in the parish and the volunteers who made it happen," said Parish Council President Mike Ashmore.
Ashmore remarked that although it was a little early in the Easter season, he could truly feel the joy of the Resurrection in the renewed church.
"Many people contributed to this project," he said, mentioning how Pastor Fr. Donald Lange divides his time between Immaculate Conception Parish and St. Bridget Parish in Ridgeway. "He is a strong presence, instrumental in doing whatever it took to get us back into our church."
He said gratitude is also owed to St. Bridget Parish in Ridgeway, which allowed Immaculate Conception parishioners to continue to worship together and use their facilities while Immaculate Conception Church was being repaired. Full story ...