I am not sure how these picture were taken, possibly drone. There's Tipton's Catholic church in it's glory .
The two story house just to the right, on the corner, is the priest's house. Big and nice for one man and a housekeeper. LOL
This shows a better view of that house. My mom's house was four blocks north of this corner. So I have always loved this old church. I have gone there for weddings, baptisms, and Communions. I was baptized into the Christian Church. Another of my favorites.
When I lived in town , I walked by this church on many of my walks. I would always look up to the crosses. One high upon a steeple and one on the tower with the rosette window.
Many years back, lightening struck the steeple and the steeple burned. The church replaced it . But who ever was in charge of all that rebuilding ,hiring the builders, no one thought to check the structural soundness of the entire church. After all lightening is a tremendous force of power.
Things started happening to the church's structure, tiles and the coating falling . The church was deemed unsafe. It had to be torn down. The steeple was removed and saved. The pews, the stain glass, and the statues were saved also. Many more things.
You can see the brick under the layer of "stucco" , not sure what that is called. So all that is left of that beautiful old church is the steeple . There's been fund raisers of all kinds, to rebuild our Catholic church.
Over the weekend there was a festival in the little town south of Tipton. My daughters went for the day. I used to go with them, but honestly my feet can not do that many miles of walk and standing around. Sad but true.
My daughter Karen bought this for me, in memory of the church. The man called it a pen and pencil holder. It is made from the pipes of the church's pipe organ. So thoughtful of Karen. I am thankful for my beautiful loving daughters.
I hope you are still reading. On Saturday evening , my classmates and I were celebrating our 55th reunion. We are old for sure. After dinner, visiting and picture taking everyone went home. There are couples in our class that married .
One such couple went home and the husband decided to call his son once more before going to bed. He had called him twice during the day and no answer either time. So he just goes over to his son's house . Upon letting himself in, he found his son dead from a self inflected gunshot. A tragedy that has left us all shocked. I am asking for prayers or good thoughts for this couple, please.
Please talk with your children about suicide. This was suicide prevention month.
First, my condolences and prayers to the couple. That's so tragic about their son. Thank you for shedding light on Suicide Prevention Month Susie. So many people are in pain and feel there is no way out which is just not true. You know that I suffer from depression and anxiety, so mental health issues hit close to home for me. There is help and people don't have to suffer in silence. Lovely pictures of the Church! Have a wonderful weekend!ReplyDelete
Pilar, I am so thankful you are not afraid to speak of your depression. Stay strong and always know you are loved. God, your family, friends and strangers love you. I always strangers are friends we have not met yet. I hope I get to see the new church one day. Blessings to you honey, xoxo, SusieDelete
A lovely church and so interesting about its history. It's sad when churches are abandoned and fall into ruin. Glad the people there care about their church.ReplyDelete
So sad and shocking about the young man who took his own life. I'll be praying for his family.
Thank you Kathy for the prayers. The young man had some issues, but he was so loved by his family. He had two failed marriages , but out of that he also had three sons...wish he could have thought of them..I know suicide is hard to even try to understand. Blessings, xoxo, SusieDelete
Susie, I hate that people who are that desperate don't seem to show signs sometimes of what is going on. They hide it all inside and then it's too late. I'm so sorry for the family because they will probably have so many regrets and asking the what if or why didn't I questions? Praying they will find peace in all this and wondering if he left any kind of note.ReplyDelete
What a sweet and thoughtful gift from your daughter. I really like that. It's hard for me to do too much walking these days like that and certainly, Jay can't handle it.
Very nice pics and commentary on the church and your memories, Susie. God bless you and maybe sometime soon your friends will open up and you will be able to reach out to your friend. Praying for them is what is needed now.
Thank you so much for the prayers. I know people think, if only and what if's...to no avail. I think families need to know there's no shame or blame for them. We all know parents love and always want the best for their children ,no matter the age. This young fellow had a drinking problem and I think that changes our brain's chemistry, maybe to the point of not being able to think clearly. It's still a shocking and sad situation.Delete
I hope I live long enough to see the new church. I am hoping it's made of bricks. Bless you sweet friend, xoxo, Susie
I feel so bad for that couple...I can't imagine. Lifting them in prayer.ReplyDelete
The story of the church was interesting...how nice your daughter bought you a special remembrance piece, Susie!
Thank you Linda. My friend had shown me a gold chain with her and her husband's class rings , while at the dinner. She and her husband were enjoying the time with classmates. Then to have this happen ...they are keeping to themselves, which I hope is just for awhile. I have sent cards already, but they asked for privacy.Delete
With the church gone, that whole area looks empty. The school is where they hold church now, as you know Catholic schools seem to be closing. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie
Susie, what a nice post today. Whatever faith you are, you wish the best for those beautiful churches and it so sad to lose them. Don't talk about being old, I have rank and privilege there. And I can't imagine what your friends are going through to lose a child that way. It is happening all too often today. That was so sweet of your daughters, I am sure they are wonderful people. Love from Michigan.ReplyDelete
Hi Peggy, I hate to hear of anyone taking their life. I feel that at times people aren't thinking right and can not reach out...it is sad. My heart hurts for my friends, so I pray for them. My daughter are good and kind, so I am happy for them and their children. I always want them to talk to their children about things that can happen in life. Hope you are doing well and enjoying cooler temps. I am in no hurry for winter. Today it's nice here and no AC is running, what a wonderful break that is. Blessings to you dear friend, xoxo, SusieDelete
What an interesting story about the church and the lightening. How nice of your thoughtful daughter to give you a special gift from the church. I"m so sorry about your friends son. Such a tragedy.ReplyDelete
Thank you Saimi. My heart breaks for my friends. So I pray for them. My girls are my best friends...I never thought about that as I was raising them, but I thank God everyday for the gift of my daughters and their children. I would love one day to see the new Catholic built. Hopefully in the same spot. You know how it is when a building or even a big tree goes amiss in your landscape...you notice. Blessings, xoxo, SusieDelete
Drone or spidermanReplyDelete
Adam, Either way...LOL, makes our city look bigger. This is a one horse town. But I love it. Hope you are doing well. Blessings, xoxo, SusieDelete
Susie, I am deeply sorry to hear about your friend's son. I am saying prayers for all of their family right now.ReplyDelete
Thank you Sheri. Since my friends have ask for privacy, I thought prayers are the best I can do for them. I truly appreciate everyone's kindness. there's no way any one can understand what happened. Hope all is well with you. I love seeing your pictures. Blessings, xoxo,love you, SusieDelete
Thanks for visiting my blog today. I'm so sorry for the loss of your friends' son. Such a tragedy. Prayers lifted.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the prayers Terri. Each one is appreciated and needed. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, SusieDelete
Oh Susie, I am so sorry for your friends loss of their son. So, so sad. And I’m sorry for the Catholic Church. So many of them are being torn down or sold. And I love the old Catholic Churches. St Joan in Kokomo was sold years ago and they moved into an insurance building. Not the same. About your feet, have you tried CBD oil? I tried it for awhile and it helped me with some health issues. I decided to go to some specialists and see what is going on w my body butif I don’t get any answers I’m going back on it. It really helped me feel better. You have a sweet family and loving daughters. Enjoy this beautiful weekend!ReplyDelete
Thank you Cindy. My heart just breaks for my friends. Suicide is too hard to understand. You can feel all alone while standing in a crowd, so to say no one's there, you know that's not true. So I always say,one should not feel shame or be blamed.Delete
I know I have arthritis in my ankles..saw it on xrays years ago. Of course carrying around an extra 40 pounds just plain hurts. LOL. Do you ever feel that sometimes you just have lost interest in festivals. You know the same old, same old. I think I am there truly. I was on celbrex for a few years, dr. took me off, thank goodness. So I just do a couple Tylenols when I am in pain. Can't take Aleve because of being on an aspirin a day. Don't get old honey, it's no so fun. :):) Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie
p.s. the reunion was why I never made it to Horton's...too many activities,
Oh what an awful tragedy!!--so sorry for your friends and the sad loss of their son. What a terrible terrible time. I did enjoy reading all about the lovely old church though...I love old churches and how awful that this one got struck and then had so much dis-repair and had to be torn down. You know me....I do so love the history and the stories of the old buildings and the old churches!ReplyDelete
Debbi, I truly love our old churches all over. I like to know some history of places also.Delete
Yes, my friends have suffered....I guess so did their son to reach that point, so heartbreaking. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie
Oh, dear Susie what a shock for that couple, to lose their son to suicide. Suicide is something that should be talked about, brought out into the open. If we can just prevent the tragedy of someone taking his or her own life, that is something to strive for.ReplyDelete
So sad about the church being torn down. I love the photo of the cross high up in the sky like that.
Hugs to you. xx
Thank you Kay. I did not want to do a post about suicide...but as you said, Let's talk about it...if just to save one live. My friends are just too torn up to even talk with any of us. Heartbreaking for all. I have to keep praying, it's the best thing I can do for them . Blessings, xoxo, SusieDelete
p.s. I always loved seeing that cross against the sky when I walked by and looked up.
Oh my gosh, what a shock, that poor family, so sad, I always think of how utterly desperate a person must be to find themselves in a place of suicide, so very very sad, the church is amazing and to have a piece of it is priceless,ReplyDelete
Laurie, You know that is about the saddest part, thinking of someone so down in life...and no man is an island. Our lives touch so many others. I have to pray for my friends...is something I can do at this time.Delete
I miss seeing that grand old church in my old neighborhood. I find it hard to drive by there even. Hopefully they will start rebuilding soon. Blessings, xoxo, Susie
How awful! Suicide is more prevalent in today's society than most of us think... My own Great Nephew took his life several years ago, leaving behind 2 children... Heart breaking. My nice, his Mom, has never been the same since the death of her only child. So sorry for your friend's loss...
The church is gorgeous and what a nice keepsake from the church.
Thanks so much for visiting!!
Thank you Debbie, it helps to know others understand why I added to my post, my friends son's suicide. If we can not shame or blame the families, it certainly helps. I am sorry for your niece's loss of her only son. Losing a child is too much .Delete
Hoping to drive by the old church site and see some building going on one day. :) Blessings, xoxo, Susie
Beautiful pictures of these churches and what a wonderful keepsake! I am so sorry to ready about the tragedy of the couple's son:( I will pray for them. That is SO sad:( Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!ReplyDelete
Thank you Theresa. All prayers are so needed and appreciated deeply. I have not spoken to my friend since last Saturday. I did send a card and have offered up many prayers. It's what I can do for them now.Delete
That beautiful old Catholic church will hopefully be rebuilt...the sooner the better for me. I miss seeing that cross up so high. Blessings, xoxo, Susie
There are so many suicides in this area around Louisville, also. My neighbor's favorite niece was one of them a few months ago. Such tragedies. I will lift up your friends in prayer.ReplyDelete
Karen, Thank you so much. I truly appreciate every prayer. My friend need them . It is the saddest thing for any family. As you said there's so many suicides too. We have to let people know there's help , just ask. Blessings to you dear friend, xoxo, SusieDelete
Susie, I am so sorry to hear about your friend's son's suicide. That is heart breaking. I will pray for them.ReplyDelete
Thank you Connie, Every prayer or kind thought will help. I truly appreciate them. I have not had a chance to talk with my friend about her son. They have asked for privacy. So I pray. Blessings to you, xoxo, SusieDelete
The church is beautiful, but...oh no...as I got to the end of the post...Lord. Dear Lord.ReplyDelete
How old was he?
Sandi, The young man was 51, he had three son and three grandkids. But still young to me. It's been rough too. I know he had issues of drinking too much when he was younger. But I also know his parents have always been by their children's sides. It's heartbreaking...I just want others to know that they are loved by many and there's help out there. Blessings, xoxo, SusieDelete
Oh Susie I am so sorry about that tragic death. Oh my too sad. So sorry. Just so heartbreaking for everyone. I hope that beautiful church can raise the money to rebuild and refurbish that gorgeous church. How fun you have a piece of the history of the Church. Happy Weekend.ReplyDelete
Thank you Kris, It's been a week since my friends son took his life. I am hoping to see her soon, she comes to the brunches. We have one coming up in two weeks.It is sad and such a loss for them all.Delete
I miss seeing our Catholic church when I drive into town. You could see the steeple from all over town. I know they plan to rebuild, I hope I get to see it.
Blessings to you, the weather's been nice. xoxo, Susie
Oh, I am so sorry to read about the man who committed suicide..it's such a tragedy for everyone. Especially for those who are left behind. Life is so precious, we're only here for a short time and no matter what life brings to us, we must embrace it and be thankful for another day. They are all in my prayers.ReplyDelete
It's also sad to see the churches when they have to tear them down. They have had to do that here in the city a few times.
Blessings to your daughter, I know those pipes from that church meant a lot to you.
Thank you Gert. My friends are in my prayers and thoughts. This young man had much to live for, three sons and three grands. If those people who are lost would only reach out...there's a lot of help out there for every woe in life.Delete
I loved that old church and will rejoice when it is rebuilt. So sweet of my girl to buy a piece in remembrance. Blessings to you, hope your new week is a great one. Stay well my friend, Love, xoxo, Susie
I so enjoyed this Suie...I love grand churches such as this. How marvelous you are able to have a keepsake of the church from all it's glory! I am so very sorry about your friends son....so tragic...you never know when lives will change....or what others are struggling with...hugs and blessings.ReplyDelete
I feel we all have up and down days...but for one to be so low to take their life is too sad. I pray for the family.Delete
Oh I love that old church so much it hurts to drive by and see only the steeple sitting out in the lot. I they rebuild soon. Blessings, xoxo, Susie
Wow! This entry certainly took a sharp left at the end! From a lovely church story to a suicide! Quite an entry!ReplyDelete
Paul, I wanted to post of the loss of our Catholic church, but had to remind people of trying to help stop suicides. If any of us can stop one, it will be a blessing. Sad to think someone is that lost.Delete
I do hope to live a few more years to see that church rebuilt. It makes me sad to see just the steeple sitting there. I am glad the people of the church saved everything they possibly could.
Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie
So sorry for the couple that lost their son. I think there can be nothing any sadder than losing a child.ReplyDelete
Such a pretty old church and sorry it had to be torn down.
Thank you BJ. MY friends have kept to themselves this week. Hopefully I will see them in a couple weeks, as that is when we have our monthly brunch.Delete
That beautiful old church, broke my heart to see it torn down. I just hope the new one will be a nice. Hope you are doing well. It's cooler here and the air is sweet. Blessings, xoxo, Susie
The pen and pencil holder was such a kind and thoughtful gift.ReplyDelete
I was so sad to see the last entry on this post. I am sick for your classmates and am keeping them in my prayers. Take good care, dear friend.ReplyDelete
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