Parishioners of St. Henry's excitedly discuss the return of daily Mass to the church on Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
Father Doug Brougher, who was stationed at St. Henry's from after Hurricane Katrina until it closed in 2009, laughs with parishioners inside the sanctuary. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)
In January of 2009, as police forced St. Henry’s parishioners out of their 150-year-old sanctuary, Brenda Jobin removed from the foyer a plaque memorializing her son’s death in Iraq.
On Saturday morning, upon hearing Msgr. Christopher Nalty announce that weekday Mass would once again be celebrated at St. Henry’s — effectively reopening the church and reuniting a parish that had been torn by its closure — Jobin immediately ran home, grabbed the plaque from her living room, and returned Spec. Jeremy Heines to his place on the foyer wall.
“Now he’s back in church where he belongs,” Jobin said, her eyes shining. Continue reading »