Saturday night's fire at Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Kentwood almost completely destroyed the church.

Tuesday night, Kentwood Fire Chief Brent Looman issued a statement saying "fireworks were a likely factor".

This weekend, Mass will be celebrated at the East Kentwood High School Auditorium.

Bishop Walter Hurley says the church will be rebuilt. has more of Kentwood Fire Chief Brent Looman's statement:

Authorities have now ruled out all possible causes other than fireworks as they investigate a blaze that left St. Mary Magdalen parish in ruins earlier this week.

"The origin of the fire was the roof in the rear of the church," Kentwood Fire Chief Brent Looman said in a statement released tonight.  "At this point, it has been determined that fireworks were a likely factor in causing the fire."

Looman noted there were no indications of electrical problems that may have factored in.

As the investigation into the fire continues, authorities are asking witnesses to come forward with any information they may have.  Contact the Kentwood Fire Department at 616-554-0800, the Kentwood Police Department at 616-698-6580, or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish lists their upcoming Mass schedule:

*MASS WILL BE CELEBRATED THIS WEEKEND, JULY 7/8, AT EAST KENTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, (Please use Entrance K ), at 5 p.m. on SATURDAY, and  9 a.m. and 11 a.m. ON SUNDAY.   Please notice there is no 5 p.m. Sunday Mass.

**EUCHARISTIC ADORATION will be held on Friday, July 6th beginning at 8:45 a.m. and ending at 8:45 p.m. at the Breitenstein Activity Center (BAC).   All are welcome to come and sit  in the quiet and peace of Our Lord’s presence.

***Morning Mass in the Breitenstein Activity Center (BAC) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8 a.m.

More information:

  • View before and after the fire photos below.