Congregation worships at citizen’s club after fire guts sanctuary

CARTERET, N.J., USA – A congregation in Carteret, New Jersey., on Sunday, held its first service since fire destroyed the church’s sanctuary Nov. 27.  parishioners told News 12 they will rebuild.

“It is with the saddest heart that we must inform you that we had a fire at our beautiful Church this past Tuesday night. Our Church is currently uninhabitable, but we will continue holding services for our parishioners at the Ukrainian American Citizens Club, located at 728 Roosevelt Ave., just a block away, on Sunday mornings,” says a message on the church’s web site.

According to a Facebook post from Carteret Fire Department & EMS, the 64-year-old church building, “sustained Significant Damage and the Church might be a Total Loss.”

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Those wishing to contribute to help the congregation should make their donation to St. Mary Church Rebuilding fund, 719 Roosevelt Ave., Carteret, NJ, 07008.

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