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As my husband and I were ascending the steps to go to the 5 o’clock Mass on Saturday August 13, 2011, the date chosen for the celebration of  the 25 years of our church building, we spotted the original bell from the first of the three churches behind a door and swung the door open to take a picture of the bell.  We had been told that there was a Tschann listed on the bell and we wanted to see which one.  As we started taking pictures, a couple came by – Gerald and Mary Taylor – and Mary told us that the Patrick Murphy listed on the bell was  an ancestor of hers.   We immediately took a picture of them by the bell.

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The grounds:  Do you remember the old Burma Shave signs that used to appear along the highway?  Father Denmy has variations put up near the parking areas.  This one says “If you resist the pull” on the first sign, followed by “of temptation”, “you will reach”,”your destination”, “Jesus Saves.”  You are invited to compose your own and submit them to Father.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The choir:

The choir came out of summer retirement to perform at the Wednesday night service where Fr. O’Hotto spoke.  And on Saturday evening they were warming up in the lower level as my husband and I arrived.

The Mass: Fr. Denny Dempsey said the Mass.

The food:

The food was provided by the Knights of Columbus and Maria.  Tables were set up on the patio. (Since I didn’t want to bother people by asking their permission to put their picture on our blog, you will have to imagine tables set up in this area – the setting was beautiful as were the people who were there. I felt that the distance shot of people lined up for food was OK.

The entertainment:  DonB, a clown with a faith message performed in the church at 7 PM followed by singing by the vacation bible school children with a slide show of their activities.  Following that there was Bingo, a movie for the kids, and karaoke.

 There are some great shots of DonB in the church bulletin for August 21.  Here are some more pictures of DonB and his volunteers from the audience.

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St. Dominic traces its origins to the year 1858 when the first Mass in the area was offered in a private home. In 1869 the first church was built and the parish received its first regular pastor. A brick Romanesque church was completed in 1914.

(from our church website: churchofstdominic.org)

Excerpts from A History of the Northfield and Dundas Churches by W. F. Schilling, pages 25 – 29, used with permission of the Northfield Historical Society:

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Curt Oleson’s father bought land adjacent to the Hazelwood church which was already there.   Hazelwood was a shared responsibility with St. Dominic’s for years.  (*See quote below.)   Curt remembers Fr. Meade who  served here for years. (See post on second church.)

Curt was one of nine children.  His  parents were not Catholic.   Curt became Catholic in 1948 when he married Helen Mulligan.  She had been a member of St. Dominic’s since 1946 – for a total of 65 years.

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This was the third in the series of talks in the evenings in the 25th anniversary celebration of our church building.  Fr. O’Hotto served as a parochial vicar (assistant pastor) from 1980 to 1984 under Fr. O”Gara who was pastor from 1979 to 1988, the period during which the current church was constructed.  He had recently come out of the seminary where one of his classmates was  Fr. Denny.   He mentioned in his talk that the willingness of the Northfield police to work with him served him well when he later was police chaplain for several municipalities.  He has just been assigned to pastor the church in Waverly.

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David and Janet moved to Northfield at the beginning of his career with a utility company.  The company wanted him to live locally; in case there was ever an emergency they wanted someone on location.  Only once, in the winter, was there ever such an occasion.

But Northfield and St.  Dominic’s have been the beneficiaries of that policy all of  these years. And they have special memories of the time the new church building went in.

David tells how the children were invited to write their names or initials or put their hand or footprints in the cement under the altar before the tiles were placed. 

And Janet said that one of her assignments was to collect envelopes with the neighbors’ contributions for the new church.  She said no one complained.  She said the church was partially paid for by interest-free loans made by parishioners.

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