More than a year ago, St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Hubbard was engulfed in flames, severely damaging the building.

Now all the old and damaged parts have been removed and the church is being rebuilt.

“It’s like nothing happened, but now, with the arrival of Easter, everything has come back to life,” said Father Michael Swierz of St. Patrick’s Church.

While many are celebrating Holy Week, now seems like the perfect time to start building.

Father Swierz tells 21 News that construction will begin in the basement of the church, where the fire started, so the foundation will be established. Then the plan is to work up to repairing the roof.

“The organ is being restored, the pews will be repaired, the ceiling will be repaired,” said Fr. Swierz. “So still a lot of work to do, but we’re on our way,” he said.

This is the second Easter that church members will not be able to celebrate in the building.

Father Swierz tells 21 News it’s not about the building, it’s about the people. All week, they’ll be at the Parrish Center.

Holy Week celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and Father Swierz is encouraged because the church also rises.

“Everything we do is about hope,” Fr. Swierz said. “What better time for us to make that hope come true than at Easter,” he said.

Father Swierz hopes the building will be fully restored by spring 2023.