Fifteen Catholic families organized in 1856 to start a new parish; with $1500 they started building a church, and the first Mass was held on Easter Monday, 1859, by Fr. Paul Limacher, Rector of Saint Paul Church in nearby Highland, Illinois.
The original church was small and quickly became dilapidated. The present church is 80 feet long, 38 feet wide, with walls 25 feet high. The tower is 110 feet high with three bells; it was completed at a cost of $10,000, and dedicated on Saint Elizabeth of Hungary's feast day in 1883. The first Mass was celebrated by Pastor Henry Eggenstein, who served the parish from 1877-1914.
The stained glass windows were installed by the next pastor, the Rev. Antoine Wieneke. In the 1990s, a catechetical center was constructed adjacent to the church.
Many thanks to Fr. who showed me a history of this parish.
There are approximately 350 registered Catholics in the parish.
The Sacred Heart and Divine Mercy are shown here on the altar, flanked by Saint Elizabeth of Hungary and Saint Catherine of Alexandria.
Stained glass window, showing Saint Martin of Tours. A Roman soldier, Martin is shown here cutting his cape to give to a beggar.
The cornerstone. 1883.
120 North Windmill Street
Marine, Illinois 62061