There is something bad happening to our church. It is in danger of being torn down. This is a view of the windows near where the alter is inside.
You can see the steeple where the stucco is falling off the brick. A few years ago lightening struck it. It actually caught fire and burned. Then it was rebuilt. This year the stucco started popping off.
All I know I have learned from the people who live next door to the church.
They said the trusses were possibly damaged during that time or have been due to the heavy rains of these past too years. If it due to rain, then it's the foundation. The church will have to be torn down and rebuilt. Yikes...that won't be cheap. Because I can almost guarantee it won't be a pole barn like church. It's in an old residential area.
You can see the old school across from the church here...the red brick building. That is where services are being held now. For safety sake. The priest's home is right next to the church on the corner...not visible here. I asked if they would save as much as possible , and was informed that absolutely all that could be saved ,would be . Breaks my heart, the thoughts of losing this church. I was raised 4 blocks from here. So it's always been a visual thing for me. Some of my grandkids went to school and church here.
Hope all of you are having a great day. The sun is out here . I am planning on watching the lunar eclipse of the blood moon tonight. I will post about my trip to Horton's tomorrow. Prayers for all in need. XO
It's always sad to see a piece of our past, and our family's lives' go. Change isn't always a good thing. There is comfort in what we are used to. For safety, we must do what will benefit everyone.ReplyDelete
Have fun at your favorite shopping place, dear Susie. I hope you find lots of neat things for Fall!
Love to you.
Debbie, When we are driving into town the courthouse and Catholic church steeple are visible, because that they are the tallest things in town. it's like a landmark to us. I already went to Horton's yesterday...it was a one day thing. ..I'll show the things I bought. It was fun but very crowded. I know this sounds crazy, but some ladies actually squabbled over a piece. :) Bless you for a great Sunday. love you, SusieDelete
How sad, hope they don't replace it with something modern.ReplyDelete
Janet, I do not mean this to be offensive in any way....after all it's not the church building so much as the hearts of those inside...but I am hoping the church will be similar to the one now. I am not a fan of those pole barn like churches. But if it is, it's not my choice. Blessings, xoxo,SusieDelete
Susie, thank you for the prayers. It is so sad to see these majestic churches turn to ruin in front if f our eyes. We had one here in our city..burn, then it was rebuilt. Others have been torn down to never be again. We're having a sunny day here. Looks beautiful out! Tom didn't have a good night...his breathing is not good. Just pray we make it till Wednesday.ReplyDelete
Gert, I wish I could come help you and Tom. I'll keep you both in my prayers. Take care and keep us posted about Tm if you can. Bless you, xoxo,SusieDelete
what a shame if it comes down, I suppose all things succumb to age,ReplyDelete
Laurie, I hope it can be built to look the same . It actually has a slate roof too. Thank you for coming by. Hope you are all well there. Blessings, xoxo,SusieDelete
Oh no, your Catholic Church may have to be torn down! Some of these churches are very old, and need to be rebuilt. Your post was interesting to me today, Susie, as I am Catholic myself. There is an older church in my town that I visit often, and it speaks to my heart more than the newer one across town, as it is where I went as a little girl. : ) I heard about the Harvest Moon tonight, and thanks for reminding me, I'd love to see it.ReplyDelete
Have a peaceful Sunday.
Sheri, I love this church so much. We have many churches here , 19 in this small town. The Catholic church is one of our oldest. You being Catholic, you know there much art involved in the church. The stained glass windows the statues, the crosses. the wonderful wood in the pews. I will post of it again. Hope you get to see the moon eclipse...it's all cloudy here now. Blessings, love you, SusieDelete
Susie - Don't you just hate when an old building like that has to be destroyed. They just don't build ones with character any more. Our church was just remodeled and they took out all of the old wooden pews and replaced them with folding chairs?????ReplyDelete
Don't know what they are thinking.
I'm going to watch the moon eclipse also.
Judy, I wish people would understand that it's cheaper and easier to maintain a building that to tear it down and replace it. The church problem may have already made the church beyond saving.. it could have been damage from the lightening strike and fire or wash out under the foundation from too many heavy rains for too long. So sad for our town if it comes to tearing it down. Bless you, xoxo,SusieDelete
It always breaks my heart with a church closes, or is in dissaray. The church of North that we spent 27 years sharing were good years, the church was healthy and now...several years later...a bad choice of Pastors that were not vetted properly and only a handful of worshipers left...It breaks our hearts.. Only God can build a church, and I pray they will get a Pastor who is a Shepherd and will rebuild what was. Sorry, but I just had to unload my soul. How we loved that church and people and my dearest was a good Shepherd for those 27 years.ReplyDelete
Wanda, I have read about church going under when one pastor leaves and a new one comes in. That is sad for the church body. My best friend's church split one year...that was so sad for her. The pastor and a following went and made a new church...both churches have grown bigger...so that is a blessing. Hugs to you and your sweet preaching man. xoxo,SusieDelete
So sorry to hear this Susie. The old churches are falling apart and being replaced. I am glad they said they will try to keep as much of the older church for the new building.ReplyDelete
Kris, Old church have so much more character than new ones. Cost is a major factor in that.That is one reason I hope the church can be saved. Blessings for a great new week, xoxo,SusieDelete
That is such a shame. So much history, so many worship experiences there, so many weddings, many memories. And to have a slate roof, I do hope it can be used to roof the new one. I guess they are sure that's the only option?ReplyDelete
Dewena, I saw my grands be baptized there and take their first communion. It would be great if the roof could be saved. ...well the slate. Blessings, xoxo,SusieDelete
So sorry about the church...hopefully, a large part of it can be saved.ReplyDelete
I am staying with a couple of grandgirls this weekend and we are watching the moon as we speak...pretty cool.
BJ, I know you enjoyed your time with the grands. They are our treasures. I pray the church members can reach the proper agreement on the church...safety absolutely has to come first. Blessings, xoxo,SusieDelete
Hi Susie, I'm sorry about your church...that it may need tearing down. Maybe they can save it, but if not surely they can rebuild using some of the original parts.ReplyDelete
I watched the moon eclipse, it was really neat!
Have a nice Monday...wish I could go to Horton's with you!
Cheryl, I trust what the people I talked with about the church...they have helped with it for years. If the windows, pews and statues are saved...even that would be great. Our moon had some wispy clouds here and there. But wonderful when I saw it. Bless you, xoxo,SusieDelete
Hope there is something that can be done...or at least save as much of the old church as possible. Your are right thought, it will be expensive.ReplyDelete
We watched the moon here, too...it was a very clear night and I used binoculars for even a better view. I've never seen such a sight!
Glad your brother's surgery is over...that was a big one...keeping him in my prayers. xo
Thank you so much Linda for prayers for my brother Tommy. He's one of those fellows with an infectious laugh..loves having a good time with family and friends. Glad you saw the moon. We had wispy clouds here, but could see it mostly. I hate the thought of the church not having it wonderful steeples and windows. So hopefully they at east save those and the statues...you know Catholic church have lots of statues. Blessings for a great day honey, xoxo,SusieDelete
There's just something so special about old churches ~ the design, the gorgeous interiors, the history there and usually gorgeous stained glass windows. I so hope they can save as much as possible! Will be thinking of you as this change progresses.ReplyDelete
Pat, I love old buildings and churches more so. It is the history of a grand old church for me. It is cheaper to maintain then re build. Blessings, xoxo,SusieDelete
Well I HOPE they don't put up a pole barn building but you would not believe the amount of Catholic churches that are doing just that. St. Joan of Arc in Kokomo sold their church that they had on Markland Ave. and are now in an insurance company building. It looks nice on the inside, but on the outside it sure does not look like an historic landmark or a Catholic church. Makes me kind of sad.ReplyDelete
Cindy, I did not know that about the Joan of Arc church....that breaks my heart. I think the catholics are not giving as much money to the churches or the schools and some are even closing....probably something to do with the priests who have molested children and the law suits. I think church should still look like a church not a big old box store. I am just like you , it makes me sad too. Bless you, xoxo,SusieDelete
What a tragedy. And it looks like it is a truly beautiful church. I wish we were not allowed to tear down true beauty like that. When I was a child that had to tear down our church. It was built over 200 years ago. It definitely had some problems but it was a piece of art and needed saving.ReplyDelete
Carson Coronado @ Old St. Mary's Detroit
Thank you for reading this and leaving a comment. The church seems to be made of bricks with an out coating that resembles stone...lightening struck the steeple once and it burned...I think they did the repairs without checking the whole structure of the church. Friend who actually live next dorr to the church said there was also talk of the heavy rains and flooding washing some of the foundation out...but as I drive by and look , more of the brick is exposed as if something has made the coating fall away. Those same friends told me that the church would salvage everything possible in this church..I pray they will and can. But I hope if it's torn down and rebuilt it will be a church befitting of the Catholic faith..not some pole barn looking thing. Our sweet Sisters from the Tipton academy went to live in other areas. My favorite Sister Virginia went to Kalamazoo. May God bless you and keep you , xoxo,SusieDelete