- Associated Press - Sunday, April 16, 2017

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) - A ceiling collapse didn’t stop a New Jersey church from holding Easter services.

Hundreds of parishioners gathered Sunday at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Passaic, just three days after the ceiling came down. It happened just hours before Holy Thursday services were to start.

No one was in the 98-year-old church at the time and no injuries were reported. The woman who cleans it had left minutes earlier when she heard a crack.

Pews and carpeting were also damaged in the collapse and the electricity was knocked out.

Church leaders held five Masses - some in English and some in Spanish - in the parish gym Sunday.



Insurance investigators are expected to visit the church Monday. But the extent of the damage and the potential repair costs remain unknown.

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