Friday evening, May 1st, 1970, was the occasion of the first Mass in the present church building. This was two years and thirty days after the original church was destroyed by fire!
In March of 2018, Fr. Bob revisited an article from the past, written by Fr. Don Wegscheider, describing the community’s recovery from the 1968 Easter Monday fire: st-matts.org/touched-by-a-fiery-spirit-fr-bob-reflection
More photos and recollections of church fire here: