Saturday, April 14, 2007

St Anne's Arson

NEW CASTLE -- The Saturday fire at St. Anne Catholic Church was arson, authorities announced late Tuesday afternoon.
Investigators with the New Castle Police and Fire departments, Indiana State Police, State Fire Marshal's Office, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms issued a press release calling the fire arson.
Authorities had said no one was inside when the 83-year-old cathedral-style building caught fire early Saturday morning. The fire resulted in a collapsed roof and extensive damage to the sanctuary, with an estimated $1.5 million to $2 million in property damage. The 750-member congregation conducted Easter services at a nearby school auditorium on Sunday.
Please pray for the arsonist(s) and the parish. The Church building is a center for the parish and a symbol of the Church's presence in the community. Besides the tragedy of the Church being unusable, I can't imagine how frustrating and aggrevating it would be to scramble for somewhere to celebrate the Easter mass with less than a day's notice.
St. Anne's Parish is now in the process of raising money to rebuild their church. Money can be sent to:
St. Anne's Catholic Church
102 North 19th Street
New Castle, IN 47362

They also have a donation drive set up at Citizens Bank. Here's the address:

Citizens State Bank
1238 Broad Street
New Castle, IN 47362

If you send it to the bank, please put "St. Anne's Church Fire Fund" or something similar in the address and the memo line of the check.

Remember, please, the words of Romans 12:26:
And if one member suffer any thing, all the members suffer with it; or if one member glory, all the members rejoice with it.

-- Contra

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