PASSAIC, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Easter services were slightly different for worshipers at a church in Passaic County after its ceiling collapsed last week.
As 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reports, the Mass was the same, but instead of looking out stained glass windows, the walls were made from wood paneling and cinder blocks.READ MORE: Worker Hurt In Wild Brawl At Brooklyn Pizza Shop; 'Like A Looney Tunes Cartoon,' Witness Says
This year, Easter services at Saint Anthony of Padua on Myrtle Avenue were moved to a rectory hall.
Some parishioners told Stern they were disappointed.
“I’m very sad, but I cannot do anything, because this happened,” one woman said.READ MORE: Jones Beach Lifeguard Bitten In Water; No Shark Spotted, But Patrols Intensify On Long Island
But Father Duberney Villamizar said the building isn’t what’s important.
“We are grateful to God, because nothing else happened in the church,” he said. “All our parishioners are OK.”
The ceiling collapsed just hours before Holy Thursday services.MORE NEWS: New York City Workers Must Be Vaccinated By Sept. 13 Or Face Weekly Testing, Mayor De Blasio Says
The diocese is now raising money to repair it.