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Parishioners Look To Repair Bells, Organ System Silenced By Lightning At Jersey City Church

Parishioners are trying to raise funds to repair the bells and organs at this Jersey City church after they were struck by lightning. (Credit: CBS 2)

Parishioners are trying to raise funds to repair the bells and organs at this Jersey City church after they were struck by lightning. (Credit: CBS 2)

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JERSEY CITY, N.J.(CBSNewYork) — Church bells and a century-old organ system at a Jersey City church have been silenced following a lightning strike.

Worshipers at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church have been forced to improvise with other instruments since the July storm.

Now, parishioners are trying to raise some of the $33,000 needed for repairs.

“St. Joseph’s is my life. It’s like my child, and so yes it’s sad to me. In 1993 we renovated the whole organ system, put $60,000 into the upgrade, state of the art. So, now we’re back to square one again,” the pastor said.

The pastor added that the church was struck by lightning 26-years-ago, but the damage wasn’t as bad.

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