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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