Canton parish ‘home’ for Christmas as damaged St. Mary Church reopens

St. Mary Church in Canton was packed on Sunday, Dec. 17, for the first Mass it has hosted in 13 months. A major restoration was necessary after the church was damaged in a nearby natural gas explosion that rocked the city's downtown on Nov. 16, 2016. Father Daniel Ebker, pastor, is using the original high altar until a new altar of sacrifice that has been ordered arrives. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

CANTON — Celebrating Mass in their church for the first time in 13 months gave members of St. Mary Parish here an additional reason to rejoice on Dec. 17, known as Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. “We’re not finished by any long shot,” said Father Daniel Ebker, pastor, of the long restoration process required after the church […]

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Canton church damaged by deadly natural gas explosion; Masses relocated

Communion is distributed during the 8 a.m. Mass in the St. Mary Parish Center in Canton on Sunday, Nov. 20. Masses will take place in the center while repairs are made to St. Mary Church, which suffered damage from the Nov. 16 natural gas explosion that did widespread damage in downtown Canton. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

CANTON — The deadly natural gas explosion that rocked the downtown square of this Fulton County community on Nov. 16 has also temporarily knocked the faith community of St. Mary Parish out of their damaged church, located just a block east of the blast site. “The good thing is we have somewhere to be,” said […]

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