Friday, April 14, 2006

A sad way to head into Easter

St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Iowa City
Good Friday, 2006

As the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports, an F2 tornado made its way through central Iowa City Thursday evening, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. St. Pat's did not escape, losing the front part of its roof and its steeple to the tornado.

Despite the loss of their church, the Church itself moves forward for the celebration of Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil and Easter:

St. Patrick's has released a schedule of Masses for the rest of the week, but plans are not yet final for a long-term relocation of the parish.

Tonight's Good Friday services will begin at 7 p.m. in the Regina Elementary School gymnasium.

Holy Saturday services will begin at 8:30 p.m. in the Regina High School gymnasium.

Easter Sunday services will be held at 7 a.m., 9 a.m.; 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Regina High School gymnasium.

Readers may remember my post from last July where I talked about the churches of Iowa City. The parish is known locally for its Spanish Masses and its particular ministry to the local Spanish-speaking population through the efforts of its pastor Father Juarez.

As we go into the Easter Season, please keep St. Patrick's in your prayers so that the parish may undergo a resurrection as glorious as that of our Lord Jesus Christ.

St. Patrick's in better times.

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