First Sunday mass since St. Demetrios Church fire

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Parishioners of a Midtown church are still healing tonight after a fire ripped through and destroyed their place of worship.

In a time of heartbreak they sang and prayed. There was no music today, only singing.

A couple hundred parishioners of St. Demetrios came to the first Sunday service since a fire ripped through their church. It was held on the patio right next door.

"Truly it's a time of new beginning. So, as difficult as this is that we've lost pretty much everything in the church," said Father Earl Cantos.

The church is a total loss. A burning candle did a million dollars in damage. "It's very heart wrenching to see it and the way it was destroyed."

A high ranking church leader flew in from San Francisco to comfort parishioners during this difficult time.

"We try to be strong but it's still hard," said Theodora Murch. "But we have faith and God's going to help us.

Amazingly- a special gospel that church leaders claim bled 3 years ago was the only thing spared in the fire. Today they had it on display and call it a miracle.

After today's service, Father Earl Cantos met with parishioners explaining the church is still trying to iron out plans on where to go from here.

A message he has preached in the past still applies today.

"That you are not defined by what happens to you. You a re defined by how you respond to what happens to you," said Cantos.

The Greek Festival is still happening this year. It's unclear where it will be held.

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