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Other church artifacts, remnants live on

January 26, 2012
Marshall Independent

To the editor:

As many of you already know Ss. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church closed its doors as a place of worship in 2008. The year 2011 was also a sad year for the parishioners as the structure of the church was dismantled. We did not need the United States Census report to tell us the population was dwindling in small towns and rural areas. The numbers of our parishioners were declining and necessitated our closing.

The parish parishioners decided our possessions in the church should be dispersed to neighboring parishes and other organizations in the community.

Our parishioners and friends of the parish picked up many souvenirs and mementos as a reminder and remembrance of the church. The bell that hung in our bell tower was taken and placed in our cemetery. A beautiful stand was created and built for the bell which enables the bell to still be rung on special occasions. A memorial was erected from bricks. The cornerstone from the church was built into the memorial along with the plaque commemorating the pioneers who sacrificed so greatly to build this church in honor of God.

Yes, the building which housed our church has been torn down and removed, but the memories, the teachings, the wonderful friendships and the love of God will live with us forever.

Frank Swedzinski




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