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Sharon Sanders

St. Mary's to take on more traditional look

Posted Thursday, January 2, 2014, at 12:00 AM


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  • -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Thu, Jan 2, 2014, at 2:56 AM
  • Ken, that's the interior I remember from my youth. Thanks for sharing.


    -- Posted by GenealogyBuff on Thu, Jan 2, 2014, at 8:04 AM
  • I started 1st grade at St Mary's in1943, and Mass every day.I. Distinctly remember the ornate altars, and the beautiful Stations of the Cross. My great grandfather, Charles Fuerth was one of the Germans who helped to purchase the property, so that they could have their sermons in German. He most likely participated in the planning for the interior. Loretta Schneider

    -- Posted by jeslas on Fri, Jan 10, 2014, at 9:45 AM
  • I wish they would return St. Mary's to the magnificence that is in the first picture. Return the communion rail and the beautifully ornate rear-facing altar. Any of the well preserved historic Catholic churches that I have been in are absolutely beautiful, because they were designed to give glory to God especially since Christ is present in the tabernacle of almost every one of them.

    St. Mary's currently is not that beautiful of a church. The modernization of the Church by former pastors removed so much of the beauty that was once there. It is hard to believe that the first picture is the same church. I have seen sketches of what the church is supposed to look like after the renovation, and it looks like it will help some. Mostly though, it looks like it will just be new flooring and a paint job.

    I know that I, along with many other parishioners, would like to see the older style high alter put back into place along with a Communion rail.

    Footnote: It might appear as if I am an older parishioner longing for the days of my youth with the Latin Masses. I am not. I have only attended about 3-4 Latin masses in my lifetime, and I had to travel 30 miles plus to attend those.

    -- Posted by ariley on Fri, Jan 10, 2014, at 11:25 AM