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Church destroyed by Henryville tornado now stands tall

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Fr. Steve Schaftlein, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Henryville, greeted a parishioner after Mass on Sunday. Fr. Steve Schaftlein, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Henryville, greeted a parishioner after Mass on Sunday.
This is what the church's newly refurbished sanctuary looks like. This is what the church's newly refurbished sanctuary looks like.

HENRYVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Almost nine months after a massive EF4 tornado leveled much of Henryville, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church held a celebration to rededicate and re-bless the church.

Fr. Steve Schaftlein, pastor of the church, said it is remarkable to see the old church back and standing tall after what happened on March 2.

"Well, about a quarter-million dollars of damage was done here, so quite a bit," Schaftlein said.  

The roof and beams had to be repaired, and the church's interior had to be repainted.

A lot of volunteers pitched in to help. Tom Boehm was one of them. He reconstructed the outdoor lights and painted the entire inside of the church.

"I was the painter," Boehm said. "I painted the ceiling, the walls, everything inside the church, and we replicated what was there."

Boehm said Fr. Schaftlein requested the church look the same as it looked before the tornado. "The town had changed so much after the storm, it made a difference to people to have the church exactly the way it was and back together," Boehm said of Schaftlein's request.

Church leaders said they are thankful for the volunteers for rebuilding their church but that  there is still a lot of work to be done in Henryville.

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