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As a thousand worshipers gathered for a once-a-year celebration at a Fair Haven church, cops showed up after midnight and ticketed their cars.

The ticketing sweep took place last night outside St. Rose of Lima Catholic church on Blatchley Avenue, according to Father James Manship, the pastor of the church.

Manship blasted the police department for carrying out a sneak-attack on those who had made their way through a torrential downpour to celebrate the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

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