CLEVELAND - Another standing room only crowd turned out Sunday for reopening Mass at St. Wendelin Catholic Church in Cleveland. It was the first Mass at the Columbus Road parish since May 23, 2010.
St. Wendelin Church was one of 11 churches in northeast Ohio that reopened following a Vatican order.
After a long battle, many parishioners were excited the reopening day finally arrived.
"It's a wonderful day," said parishioner Tony Ballachino of Columbia Station. "It's been a long fight. I'm just happy that this day came."
The church's bell from 1903 rang once again for Sunday's reopening Mass. Newly appointed pastor, the Rev. Robert Kropac, presided over the Mass.
Many parents in attendance were thrilled to share the moment with their young children.
"My daughter did a big 'yes' when she found out the church was opening and we were coming today," said parishioner Katey Chura of Cleveland. "They were very excited to get back to our church where it's intimate and they know people and it's comfortable for them and for us."
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