Ames, IA churce rises from the ashes

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It’s been almost seven months, but the St. Thomas Aquinas Church is finally like new again; and at one time there was a large ring of soot around the entire church.

With renovations near completion, you wouldn’t be able to tell a fire last September forced the church to close down.

Tina Meyer, 51, set fire to the building, causing about $1 million in damages.

Those who attend the church have been worshiping at Benton Auditorium in the Scheman Building at Iowa State.

“It’s like living in a house versus living in a home. A house is structure in which people live. A home is a place where you feel loved. Scheman never felt like home. Being here (referring to renovated church), feels like you are coming home,” said Father Jon Seda.

The church looks exactly the same, with a few exceptions.

It will now have new lighting and also a new sound system.

The first Mass is on Saturday at 4:45 p.m.

There will be three Masses on Sunday: 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 7 p.m.

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