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Published November 07, 2012, 02:29 PM

NJ Church Gives Thanks to Grand Forks Church for Aid, Prayers

The images of destruction left by Superstorm Sandy have rekindled memories of those here in Grand Forks affected by the 1997 flood. St. Michael's Church in Grand Forks was hit hard in '97- - suffering nearly 4 and a half million dollars in damage. The church got help from its counterpart in New Jersey - - Now St. Micheal's is repaying the favor.

The images of destruction left by Superstorm Sandy have rekindled memories of those here in Grand Forks affected by the 1997 flood.

St. Michael's Church in Grand Forks was hit hard in '97- - suffering nearly 4 and a half million dollars in damage.

The church got help from its counterpart in New Jersey - - Now St. Micheal's is repaying the favor.

People at St. Michael's parish in Long Branch, New Jersey took up collections to help St. Michael's right here in Grand Forks after the devastating Red River flood in 1997.

Now the Grand Forks parish wants to return the favor.

"That was real devastation."

Father William Sherman was a priest at St. Michael's Church during the flood of 97'.

"The flood of 15 years ago wiped out the whole, half the town at least," Sherman said.

The rising waters poured into the Church and school, leaving more than 4-million dollars of damage in it's path.

"The basement of the church, the school, parish hall, the gymnasium, all those things and they had to rip all the sheetrock, insulation, rugs," Sherman said.

That's when St. Michael's Church in Long Beach, New Jersey came to the rescue. Inviting the priest to visit them out East.

"They were very good to me and I brought back a check for 12-thousand dollars and that went to help out St. Mike's," Sherman said.

After the kindness shown by the church...St. Michael's wants to help the New Jersey parish out after Hurricane Sandy ripped through the area causing quite a bit of damage.

"To help hem out especially after being victimized themselves in 1997 most of our parishioners understand what is going on with a flood or catastrophe of their own," Father Neil Pfeifer said.

The Grand Forks parish is hoping to raise at least 12-thousand dollars to give back to the New Jersey church. Returning the generosity shown 15 years ago.

"When one hurts we all hurt and for them to help us out, to get us back on our feet becomes instrumental," Pfeifer said.

If you would like to help out you can SEND A CHECK to the St. Michael's Parish Office at 520 North 6th Street in Grand Forks, attn: Hurricane Sandy.

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