Parish Gearing Up For Christmas Without Church (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose - 21Alive

December 23, 2013 Updated Dec 23, 2013 at 7:12 PM EDT

CLOVERDALE, Ohio (21Alive) -- Parishioners are doing their best to move on after a tornado destroyed their church.

Corinne Rose brought us the original story more than a month ago, and returned to the town to bring us this update.

This is what St. Barbara's church looked like November 19th. And this is what it looks like now.

Crews are still removing debris, and the site should be cleaned by the end of the year.

Father Jerry Schetter came to this parish in July.

After any loss, there needs to be healing, he says.

And the way he started that here was to gather the congregation together to begin to celebrate the sacraments again.

"So I told them the first step was to turn our hall into a chapel so we can continue to have the sacraments and have mass offered for the parishioners. And that starts the healing process," Schetter says.

Artifacts recovered from the rubble are on display and parishioners are trying to make things festive for the holiday.

"This is a very devoted and dedicated parish. So they're all very much involved. These are the same people I see every week and every Sunday mass, the same people that's been here tirelessly putting their efforts into keeping the parish going and going through the work process of starting to rebuild," Schetter says.

Father Jerry will celebrate Christmas mass here in the parish hall as they've been doing since the tornado hit about a month ago. However, his message is not going to contain anything at all about what's going on next door. He says Christmas is time to focus on Christmas.




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