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Published June 26, 2011, 04:33 PM

Displaced Minot Parishioners Make Best of New Place to Worship

Members of the Little Flower Catholic Church gathered for Sunday service today at an unlikely location – the Knights of Columbus.

By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications

MINOT, N.D. – Members of the Little Flower Catholic Church gathered for Sunday service today at an unlikely location – the Knights of Columbus.

But as a ring dike protects their church building from the flooded Souris River, parishioners needed a place to gather.

“It’s awkward, but it’s important for a faith community to stay together,” said the Rev. Fred Harvey.

About 500 people attended the service, some directed to seats on the club’s dance floor or in the bar and many standing in the back.

Members of two other Catholic churches also attended the service because travel around Minot remains difficult.

Many other churches held services in temporary locations or combined with other congregations to give people a place to worship.

“You just have to keep your faith,” said Joyce Sand, a 50-year member of Little Flower. “What else have you got?”

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