Mass schedule uncertain for powerless church

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The St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Nyack is among the thousands of utility customers left powerless after a pair of nor'easters battered the Hudson Valley, and 2,700 parishioners there say they have nowhere to worship this week.

The road leading up to the church is blocked by downed trees and power lines. They even sparked a fire nearby that neighborhood children say looked like fireworks.

"It looked like the Fourth of July," says Mary Katherine Debono, a 9-year-old who was outside playing with her brother when the live power lines came crashing down.

The storm damage has forced cancellations of Mass and a women's retreat. Church officials had to relocate a funeral.

The archdiocese has provided a generator, and utility workers are trying to remove the downed power lines before weekend Mass.

The parish priest says he will notify parishioners about the weekend Mass schedule once access is restored. 

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