September 7, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 149 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
HONORING THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF ST. LAWRENCE CATHOLIC CHURCH; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 149
(Extensions of Remarks - September 07, 2018)
Text available as:
Formatting necessary for an accurate reading of this text may be shown by tags (e.g., <DELETED> or <BOLD>) or may be missing from this TXT display. For complete and accurate display of this text, see the PDF.
[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E1225-E1226] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF ST. LAWRENCE CATHOLIC CHURCH ______ HON. JOHN SHIMKUS of illinois in the house of representatives Friday, September 7, 2018 Mr. SHIMKUS. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize St. Lawrence Catholic Church of Greenville, Illinois, on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. St. Lawrence began as a mission of the Mother of Dolors in the 1850s but the first mass wasn't celebrated until 1868. At that time the congregation consisted of just a dozen families without an assigned priest. Eventually, the faithful were rewarded with a parish of their own in 1877, under the patronage of St. Lawrence the Martyr. The first church was erected a year later. A resident priest began to occupy the parochial residence in 1895, and shortly thereafter land for the church's cemetery was purchased. [[Page E1226]] In 1910, a fire destroyed the church shortly after the arrival of father John Enright, who went on to serve as St. Lawrence's pastor for 47 years. The congregation quickly set to work rebuilding and two years later a new church was dedicated, serving the congregation until a new church replaced it in 1994. In the interim, a rectory was added as well as a confraternity school. To celebrate St. Lawrence's important milestone, the church held a ``Mass in the Grass,'' followed by a time capsule ceremony. Musicians performed during the celebration, which included activities, games, food, and a good deal of fellowship. Mr. Speaker, since its start, St. Lawrence has had a strong presence in Greenville and been a focal point for the religious and spiritual needs of the community. I want to wish its pastor, Father Alan Hunter, and parishioners of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, the very best as they celebrate 150 years of service. ____________________