30 December 2011

Bishop visits Brussels church

Yesterday morning His Excellency the Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki what remains of St. Mary's church in Brussels and prayed with some of the parishioners.

From The Telegraph:
Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese toured the charred remains of St. Mary's Church on Thursday morning and met with parish leaders to offer his support and impart his blessing.

"I think the bishop was taken aback by seeing the church in its present state," said the Rev. Don Roberts of St. Mary's. "He expressed his sympathies to us and gave us every confidence that we will be doing something (to rebuild)."

The historic Brussels church suffered considerable damage in a Christmas Eve fire that destroyed the interior but left the walls standing mostly intact.

Read more: http://www.thetelegraph.com/articles/roberts-63949-church-mary.html#ixzz1i3FyZjHM
Please pray for the parishioners of Brussels who have suffered such a tragic loss on Christmas Eve.  Please pray, too, for those involved in the ongoing planning.

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