Catholic Church update


April 18, 2024

OLIVIA ROSE / Petersburg Pilot

An excavator rests on top of debris from the former Catholic Church building mid-demolition on Sept. 19, 2023.

Last July, Petersburg was covered in smoke when the St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church caught fire.

"This fire can consume our building, but not our hearts," parish priest Fr. Jose Thomas had said at the time.

The flames ultimately destroyed the building, which was demolished later that fall.

While the lot remains empty, the parish of St. Catherine of Siena has continued its church services, which are currently held at First Presbyterian Church.

Fr. Jose said losing the former building was "tough" and "people are still mourning ... that loss..."

"Even though they are strong in faith ... th...

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