Experts and volunteers gave the venerable Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Chester seven months of their best efforts, and the payoff on Sunday was spectacular.
Parishioners crowded into the renovated sanctuary to celebrate and share the joy. St. Mary's is 150 years old in 2019.
The extensive work included demolishing and reconfiguring the sanctuary, as well as the more practical jobs of pulling up the old carpet and taking out the old HVAC system. The church was completely rewired, repainted and re-floored.