Hundreds attend chilly Mass in damaged NJ town

BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of people have attended Sunday Mass in flood-ravaged Belmar, N.J.

Trenton Bishop David O'Connell told worshippers at the Church of Saint Rose that like the apostle Paul, believers they may be "afflicted in every way but never crushed, full of doubts but never despairing."

Parishioners wore parkas, scarves and waterproof boots as they packed the pews and stood in the aisles of the chilly church. Firefighters and police officers sat in the front rows and drew sustained applause.

Streets near the church were underwater as late as Saturday. The waters had receded by Sunday but left behind slippery, pungent mud.

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221-a-08-(Monsignor Edward Arnister, pastor, Church of St. Rose, in AP interview)-"anything like that"-Monsignor Edward Arnister, pastor of the Church of St. Rose, says floodwaters from Sandy surrounded his church rectory. (4 Nov 2012)

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222-a-05-(Monsignor Edward Arnister, pastor, Church of St. Rose, in AP interview)-"the water yet"-Monsignor Edward Arnister, pastor of the Church of St. Rose, says Trenton Bishop David O'Connell visited the church on Wednesday but couldn't get through the floodwaters to meet him in the rectory. (4 Nov 2012)

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224-a-14-(Bishop David O'Connell, Roman Catholic Bishop of Trenton, in AP interview)-"of the Lord"-Bishop David O'Connell, Roman Catholic Bishop of Trenton, says God offers comfort to those who suffer. (4 Nov 2012)

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225-a-08-(Bishop David O'Connell, Roman Catholic Bishop of Trenton, in AP interview)-"in these days"-Bishop David O'Connell, Roman Catholic Bishop of Trenton, says the Bible offers hope in difficult times. (4 Nov 2012)

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223-a-09-(Bishop David O'Connell, Roman Catholic Bishop of Trenton, in AP interview)-"spirit of thankfulness"-Bishop David O'Connell, Roman Catholic Bishop of Trenton, says Catholics turn to God during disasters. (4 Nov 2012)

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