Outdoor Easter Sunday mass symbolizes resilience of St. Charles Parish after fire

Behind the burn-scarred St. Charles Church Sunday morning, parishioners entered a large white tent, decorated with twinkly lights strung from the ceiling and yellow bouquets of flowers adorning the makeshift pulpit.

“Our whole parish has always been very energetic, and we find a way to carry on, regardless,” said 86-year-old Carol Kerley, who has attended the church for decades.

St. Charles Catholic School was set on fire last month, causing significant damage to the rectory and school offices, along with smoke damage to the sanctuary. A suspect was arrested for the arson just a few days later.

Rev. Esteban Soler was determined to hold Easter Mass, even if

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