Coal Valley church reopens 8 months after vehicle crashed through a wall

Father Anthony Ego, pastor of St. Maria Goretti Parish in Coal Valley, gives a homily during the church's grand reopening Mass on July 7. The church suffered extensive damage last October when a pickup truck crashed through its southwestern corner, seen here behind the piano. (For The Catholic Post/Brian Wellner)

By Brian Wellner / For The Catholic Post COAL VALLEY — There are silver linings to the extensive damage done at St. Maria Goretti Church after a truck crashed into its southwestern wall last October. One of them is that it gave parishioners an excuse to get rid of the old orange carpet. “I was […]

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Updated: Masses moving to parish hall after truck damages Coal Valley church

Plywood covers a hole created when a truck crashed into St. Maria Goretti Church in Coal Valley last Oct. 25, spraying bricks and mortar throughout the church and toppling pews and music equipment. (Photo by a St. Maria Goretti parishioner)

UPDATED Nov. 7, 2018 COAL VALLEY – St. Maria Goretti Church here was extensively damaged and has been temporarily closed after a vehicle crashed through its southwest wall the evening of Thursday, Oct. 25. The driver, Joe Gotthardt, reportedly suffered a sudden medical condition prior to losing control of his truck, a Dodge Ram 2500. […]

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Fr. James DeBisschop, 57, pastor in Orion and Coal Valley, dies; funeral is Friday

Father James DeBisschop

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 6, at Sacred Heart Church in Moline for Father James P. DeBisschop, 57, pastor of Mary, Our Lady of Peace Parish in Orion and St. Maria Goretti Parish, Coal Valley. Father DeBisschop died on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, following a […]

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1,000 Burmese-American Catholics gather in Coal Valley and Rock Island

Archbishop Emeritus Paul Zinghtung Grawng of the Archdiocese of Malay conveys his thanks to Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, for his hospitality to the National Conference of Burmese-American Catholics. Among those looking on is Father Anthony Co, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Rock Island, the spiritual home of the Quad Cities Myanmar Catholic Community. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

COAL VALLEY — Small in numbers, the Quad Cities Myanmar Catholic Community proved to be large in spirit and faith when they hosted the National Conference of Burmese-American Catholics from June 30 to July 4. The event drew 1,000 people, including three Burmese bishops and 30 priests, to The Rock in Coal Valley for Masses, […]

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