EAST HAMPTON, Conn. (WTNH)-- One local parish is still recovering in the wake of high winds following Super Storm Sandy.
"The gothic churches were purposely built with a steeple. It would lift your eyes to heaven," said Father Walter Nagle.
he tallest point in East Hampton marks the heart of a community.
"This church is over 100 years old," said Nagle.
"Those gargoyles are something, we didn't even see those before," said a man.
It's a heart that's broken due to high winds in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy.
"It was just a matter of time," said Nagle.
The winds damaged the steeple at St. Patrick's Church and were so powerful they even knocked the crucifix that adorned its highest peek right off its foundation.
"That cross is going to be a trick to put up and I'm going to bless it," said Nagle.
Father Walter Nagle has been the pastor at this parish for four years. And he says while some may see tragedy in what happened, he sees God's work.
"A blessing in disguise. It got us to do some work we needed to do," said Nagle.
And there is a lot to do.
To actually see the damage up close, you have to come to the very top of the steeple. There you'll find all sorts of rot with wood and that's something construction workers there say they're working very hard to fix.
With each shingle replaced, the steeple gets closer to completion and closer to the church's cross returned to its home in the heavens.
"When people drive by that cross, it'll be a sign of hope. It will be a reminder of what our faith really is," said Nagle.
An article of faith for everyone in town to see.
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