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St. Thomas More Church plans grand reopening in Paradise

The Saint Thomas More Church is planning its grand reopening in Paradise after the Camp Fire. Gregory Kidder lost everything in the Camp Fire.

Posted: Jun 28, 2019 6:03 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Saint Thomas More Church is planning its grand reopening in Paradise after the Camp Fire.
Gregory Kidder lost everything in the Camp Fire.

On the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, he helped evacuate over 300 people from the St. Thomas More Church and didn't leave the town himself until noon.

"When disaster strikes a lot of people think the church is a safe place to come and I wanted to ensure people just to keep moving to help facilitate that evacuation that they didn't think this was a good place to be," he said. "They had to get off the ridge it was too catastrophic."

Kidder said the Friday following the fire, they held a gathering for the community.

The church itself only suffered smoke damage on the inside, but Kidder said the campus lost 50% of its structures.

They lost their parish office, youth house and the life center where they gathered for meals.

The church is holding a special celebration at the St. Thomas More's Church on June 30 at 1 p.m. in Paradise.

There will be a reception to follow the celebration presented by Bishop Jamie Soto from the Diocese of Sacramento.

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