Hope rises from ashes of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Hacienda Heights ce company

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Almost a year after a devastating arson fire destroyed the main sanctuary, St. John Vianney Catholic Church has reached an agreement with its insurance company.

While the church would not disclose the amount of the settlement, church leaders are pleased because they said it enables them to move forward with erecting both a $600,000 temporary structure and a permanent replacement sanctuary.

“This is the best news. It has been 11 months since the fire, and we have struggled. We’re tired of looking at the burned-out church building,” said the Rev. Tim Nichols, pastor of the church.

Nichols said demolition will start in about two weeks, immediately followed by the setting up of a large, temporary building that will hold 750 people, he said. The temporary church won’t be completed until June or early July, he said.

Read more in Steve Scauzillo’s story CHURCH.

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