VIDEO: Assumption Church Welcomes Back its Flock

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It was standing room only at Assumption Church as the parish held its first Sunday mass in more than five years Sunday.

The 174-year-old landmark needed a lot of work to improve its condition and more work needs to be done — but after a new roof and the removal of some asbestos an engineer declared the building safe to hold masses again.

Roland Salvador joined the parish back in 2009 and was all smiles Sunday morning.

"For five years now I've been praying and hoping, so it's just a day that I thought would never happen and it's finally here," he says. "It brings back memories, it feels like being back home."

Salvador says seeing friends who attended different churches during the closure makes the day even more special.

"I haven't seen them since 2014," he added.

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Our Lady of Assumption Church. April 2019 (Photo by AM800's Teresinha Medeiros)

Assumption Parish is the oldest parish in Canada, west of Montreal.

The next phase of the restoration project is plaster and paint at a cost of $2.25-million.

An estimated $14-million to  $20-million is needed for the entire project.

The church held a picnic after Sunday's service to welcome everyone back.