Church damaged by Joplin tornado rebuilt

JOPLIN, Missouri (KSNF) – On the morning of May 22nd, 2011, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Joplin, Missouri had their regular Sunday mass. Later that day, it was gone.

1,305 days later, brings us to the first St. Mary’s Church mass in a permanent location since the tornado.

Sprinfield-Cape Girardeau Bishop James Johnston led Wednesday night’s mass.

He says he’s been to the old location a number of times in the last three years, just to see the cross that was left behind.

“It’s a symbol. A symbol of endurance, of faith. And we intend to modify that and clean it up, and use that as a special place for remembrance,” he says.

Bishop Johnston says the mass is a sign in this life, albeit little, of resurrection.

“It signifies a coming home. Entering a new house that’s going to be the spiritual home for this parish for a long time,” said Bishop Johnston.

“I’m just amazed at what they have done,” said Elliott.

If you weren’t able to come out for the mass, weekend masses are at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday. The church can seat 750 people.

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