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Creve Coeur church ready to get back to normal after fire

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Someone set fire to the alter at St. Monica's Parish in Creve Coeur in December, 2016. Credit: KMOV Someone set fire to the alter at St. Monica's Parish in Creve Coeur in December, 2016. Credit: KMOV
CREVE COEUR, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Members of one West County church are gearing up to celebrate a new beginning.

Back in December, someone set fire to St. Monica Parish in Creve Coeur. Police say they have no leads and the case is going cold. 

"Even though we are about forgiveness and mercy we would still like to know who did it and why they did it," says Father Joe Webber. 

It's been a couple of trying months for those at St. Monica, but services went on. 

"The church is still here, we didn't miss a beat literately," says Webber. 

For months services, were held in the gym after an arsonist started fire on the alter. 

"It's been hectic and people feel very violated. Everyone in the parish feels violated," he says. 

No one got hurt, but the church had significant smoke damage, damage to the alter and Nativity scene.  

On Saturday those who attend St. Monica, get their church back. 

"Tomorrow morning at 8, we will have our first mass in here since the fire on December 27," says Webber. 

Following morning mass, services will be held in the evening and on Sunday. But there's still work to be done. 

"The pulpit was burned, the priest chair was burned. We have to get those fixed up. We will be able to function, but it wont be ideal," says Webber. 

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