St. Alphonsus Catholic Church will hold a celebration honoring their 150th anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 on their parish grounds. Festivities will begin at 2:00 pm and include a Mass of Thanksgiving, evening meal, historical information and memorabilia. The community is invited to join St. Alphonsus in this “once in a lifetime” event.
“We have chosen the theme, ‘Rooted in Faith, Growing in Spirit,” said committee chairperson Lois Roth. “We honor our ancestors who helped establish the St. Alphonsus parish and acknowledge those who worked tirelessly to sustain and foster growth. We will gather at this event to celebrate, give thanks and look to the future. We invite others to join in the festivities.”
Dinner is by reservation only. Reservations can be made until Friday, October 19 by calling the St. Alphonsus parish office at 319-385-8410.
For additional details on the event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 319-385-8410.
About St. Alphonsus
St. Alphonsus Parish came into being in 1856 with a committee to plan for building a church. The area was settled and a railroad was edging westward. Hundreds of Irish immigrants worked on the railroad and a nearby quarry.
Father James Slattery became resident pastor in 1860. He bought two lots on Jackson Street for $100, where the church stands, and two more for $68 for a rectory. The Irishmen physically erected the church using stone from the quarry and bricks made nearby. The first Mass was celebrated on Christmas in 1862.
Throughout the years, many changes were made to the original church and grounds.
Today the parish grounds consist of a rectory, new church, gathering space, offices, Manning Hall, classrooms, and two large parking areas.
The family of St. Alphonsus Parish exists to continue the ministry of Jesus in the greater Henry County area. Through our Baptism we share in His ministry to worship God, pass on the Good News, and serve those in need, while building a community that welcomes all people.