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St. Kateri taking shape in Ridgway

According to the newly-laid cornerstone, the dedication of St. Kateri Tekakwitha: Lily of the Mohawks Parish in Ridgway will be held Nov. 29.

The bells, once lying on the ground after the horrific tornado that leveled the church, are now back in the new bell tower.

Msgr. Joseph Lawler helped a bit with masonry as the new cornerstone was laid July 23.

The stone that is covering the exterior of the church came from a quarry in Perryville, Mo.

“It’s the most local building stone we could get,” pastor, Father Steven Beatty said.

While Father Beatty said “it’s a challenge to keep the budget in line” for the multi-million dollar project, he said insurance, pledges and donations have covered 90 percent of the cost.

Ten stained-glass windows that once graced St. Francis Church in St. Francisville will become part of St. Kateri Church, Father Beatty said.

“They contacted us; they wanted to help out, and we were able to retrieve them and have them restored,” he said.

Father Beatty said many great moments have already occurred as the building project continues.

At some point in August, Father Beatty said, a Tympanum will be added over the front door of the church.

A Tympanum “is the semi-circular or triangular decorative wall surface over an entrance.”

This Tympanum depicts Christ seated with Joseph and Mary on one side and Patrick and Kateri on the other. It unites the four parishes with the new church, and “represents all of the churches coming together,” he said.

The Tympanum was created by parishioners Nancy Drone and Andrea York, Father Beatty said.

Among all of the wonderful and exciting things happening around the construction of the new church, “this is the most exciting single thing,” he said.

To watch the progress and to find out more about what’s going on, please go to stkateri.blogspot.com

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