WEST — Rather than blowing out birthday candles, the Rev. Ed Karasek sat in a T-shirt and shorts on Saturday answering the phone at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and tending to a flock rocked by the West fertilizer plant explosion.
In the next few days, he’ll gather with parishioners, some he’s known for almost 25 years. They’ll work through the grief as best they can.
“It is good for people to be together,” the 52 year old said.