KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) - One week after flames gutted their sanctuary, the parish of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church met for Sunday Mass Sunday morning in a temporary home.
Around 200 people gathered in the auditorium of East Kentwood High School to worship and pray.
Diocese of Grand Rapids Bishop Walter Hurley greeted church members and led the service.
He spoke to the parish about moving forward from the fire in both acts and faith.
"And so I think as we gather here today, we need to mourn the loss that is very real, but at the same time to see the real basis of our faith and our hope," said Hurley. "Because our faith and our hope is not so much a building, but it's based on the Lord's presence in our lives."
The Bishop told the parish they will rebuild the church, but didn't commit to a timetable.
The church was destroyed when a firework landed on the roof and sparked the fire. Investigators ruled out every other possible cause.
11 fire departments from several counties were called out to a fire at an adult entertainment club Wednesday afternoon.
Holland police were searching for 28-year-old Mark Steven Randall Harris, who was considered armed and dangerous, but arrested him late Wednesday night.
Those receiving the 2013 White House holiday card will see a design made by a Grand Rapids artist.