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The Hand Of God Closes Church


07/01/16




























St Leonard’s Church will be shut for at least six months after part of the roof was torn off and a “waterfall” poured into the church.

During Storm Frank’s high winds and heavy rainfall a large section of the waterproof covering was torn from the church’s flat roof.

Water pouring into the church led to a power cut in the building as the electrics failed, as well as causing internal damage to floors.


A surveyor is expected to attend the church within the next week to assess the damage and the church is expect to be closed for the foreseeable future while repairs are carried out.

Vigil Mass on Saturday evenings, as well as Mass on Sunday mornings and Sunday evenings, will be celebrated in the nearby 
St Leonard’s Primary School.

Funeral ceremonies were also held at the school, allowing the church to honour previous commitments.


Estates manager for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Motherwell Guy Logan, who looks after the EK church, felt that there would be no quick fix for the job.

He said: "The ceiling has come down. When I went to see it I didn’t expect it to be as bad as it was, but there was water pouring down like a waterfall and the power was out.

“The electrics will need to be replaced and there has been some internal damage. The floor coverings, which have been ruined, will also need replaced."


"We made a phone call on Wednesday morning and arranged for a roofer to come out to make a temporary repair to the roof. We had funerals planned for the Thursday and had to act quickly, but there wasn’t too much we could do as the power had to be completely shut down and there was a huge gap in the ceiling. Thankfully, South Lanarkshire Council were able to help us out and allowed us access to St Leonard’s Primary School.

"It’s not something that we can rush. It’s important that we deal with any health and safety issue, so I expect it to be closed for the foreseeable future, for six months, at least. If you require further information please do get in touch with us through the parish office at 01355 247471 or speak to Father Gerard Chromy as you leave Mass."