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Work being done at the church last Tuesday. Photo: Lara Pickford-Gordon

After temporary closure for repairs, the Church of the Nativity, Crystal Stream, Diego Martin will have its first Mass—a healing Mass, tomorrow September 24, Republic Day. Fr Harold Imamshah, priest in the Diego Martin/Petit Valley/Crystal Stream cluster will be the main celebrant. Weekend Masses resume September 29 and 30.

The 6.9 magnitude earthquake on August 21 caused extensive damage to ceiling panels, frames and lights of the church. A minor crack in the terrazzo floor of the nave was widened.

The church was initially to be closed for ten days but was closed for one month. After cleaning, repairs on the ceiling began September 5 while tiling of the floor started September 11. In the interim, the Wednesday through Friday weekday Masses were held in the sacristy.

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