The Columbus Dispatch

St. Mary church in German Village closes after lightning strike

By JoAnne Viviano, The Columbus Dispatch

Posted Oct 22, 2016 at 12:01 AM

Updated Oct 22, 2016 at 12:06 PM

The 148-year-old St. Mary Catholic Church in German Village is closed indefinitely because of damage caused by a summer lightning striking. The parish, home to more than 500 families, is holding weekend Masses in the gymnasium at the adjacent St. Mary School as officials determine what it will take to repair the German-Gothic structure. Daily Masses are being held in the adoration chapel at the Burkley Center north of the church. The decision to close the church at 684 S. 3rd St. was made because of concerns for the building’s structural integrity, said the Rev. Kevin Lutz, pastor.

The 148-year-old St. Mary Catholic Church in German Village is closed indefinitely because of damage caused by a summer lightning striking.

The parish, home to more than 500 families, is holding weekend Masses in the gymnasium at the adjacent St. Mary School as officials determine what it will take to repair the German-Gothic structure. Daily Masses are being held in the adoration chapel at the Burkley Center north of the church.