Sunday, October 17, 2010

Photos of Saint Patrick Church, in Grafton, Illinois

HERE ARE PHOTOS of Saint Patrick Church, in Grafton, Illinois. Located just two blocks from where the Illinois River drains into the Mississippi, this church is 37 miles — via automobile and ferry boat — northwest of downtown Saint Louis.

The church is a part of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

Saint Patrick Roman Catholic Church, in Grafton, Illinois, USA - exterior

According to a plaque placed next to the church:
For many years the Catholics in this vicinity had no church to worship in. Missionary priests came irregularly. Masses were held in various buildings, homes, and the Methodist Church. During the Depressed times of Ireland's famine these Irish families emigrated to Grafton to seek employment in the five stone quarries. The quarries employed 2,000 men 1,000 of whom were Irish immigrants. Due to the increasing Catholic families in Grafton the Germans and Irish decided on erecting a church built of native stone. There was a dispute on where the church should be built. A compromise was made; the church was erected here because the majority of Germans resided in upper Grafton, and the church was named as such in honor of the many Irish families. The first Mass was celebrated on Dec. 8, 1871 which was the feast of the Immaculate Conception. After restoration of the interior, damaged by the 1993 flood, it was rededicated by Bishop Daniel Ryan on March 19, 1995.
Saint Patrick Roman Catholic Church, in Grafton, Illinois, USA - nave

This small church is nicely decorated. During the flood, the water level was approximately at the Stations of the Cross.

Saint Patrick Roman Catholic Church, in Grafton, Illinois, USA - sanctuary

Saint Patrick Roman Catholic Church, in Grafton, Illinois, USA - stained glass window of Father Marquette

Above the altar is a window showing the exploration of this area by Louis Jolliet and Father Jacques Marquette, S.J. in 1673. The missionary work of Father Marquette has captured the imagination of Catholic in this region, and many churches in Illinois commemorates him: oddly, artistic depictions of Marquette are rare in Missouri.

Saint Patrick Roman Catholic Church, in Grafton, Illinois, USA - tabernacle

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is in a small chapel to the right of the sanctuary.

Saint Patrick Roman Catholic Church, in Grafton, Illinois, USA - the Holy Family

The Holy Family.

Saint Patrick Roman Catholic Church, in Grafton, Illinois, USA - stained glass window with Immaculate Heart of Mary

A stained glass window, showing the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Saint Patrick Roman Catholic Church, in Grafton, Illinois, USA - XIVth Station of the Cross, Jesus is laden in the Sepulchre

XIVth Station of the Cross, Jesus is laden in the Sepulchre.

Saint Patrick Roman Catholic Church, in Grafton, Illinois, USA - stained glass window of Saint Cecilia

In the choir loft above the organ console, a stained glass window of Saint Cecilia.

Saint Patrick Roman Catholic Church, in Grafton, Illinois, USA - sacred chrism

Sacred Chrism, located in the ambry near the door into the church.

Saint Patrick Roman Catholic Church, in Grafton, Illinois, USA - stained glass window over front door with American flag and cross

Patriotic window above the front door shows the American flag and Cross.

Saint Patrick Roman Catholic Church, in Grafton, Illinois, USA - sign

Sign with Mass times.

Address:
11 North Evans Street
Grafton, Illinois 62037

2 comments:

  1. I have attended Mass here numerous times and yes it is a lovely little parish church. It has survived numerous floods including 1993 but yet the parishioners would never give up their little church. It had been restored and even though some things have changed it still is very nice. They have Fr. Gibbons as their worthy Pastor and they are fortunate to have him.

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