"Bricks have fallen,
but we will rebuild with cut stone;
Sycamores have been felled,
but we will replace them with cedars."
— ISAIAH 9:9
Welcome to our Save Saint Mary Church website! We hope you enjoy the pictures and stories and get all the information you are looking for.
Most of all, we hope God will also use YOU and the gifts he has given you to SAVE SAINT MARY CHURCH!
YOU can pray, tell your story of how Saint Mary has touched your life – inspire others, volunteer, and share the resources God has given you (time, talent, and treasure).
The two of us have our roots in three different Saint Mary churches in the Columbus Diocese. We were both formed by Saint Mary Parish, church and school in Lancaster, Ohio, where we grew up together. Peggy’s German immigrant ancestors helped found Saint Mary Parish in Portsmouth. We chose Saint Mary in German Village as our first parish after we married and moved to Columbus, and our son Tim was Baptized and Confirmed here. Tim and our daughter Katy attended Saint Mary Grade School. Peggy served on the 1980’s Renovation Committee for 8 years, and we both helped with Pre-Cana, were Eucharistic Ministers, and volunteered for the School. Although we later moved to northwest Columbus, we rejoined Saint Mary Parish two years ago, and we are excited to be part of what God is doing here now!
The lightning strike in August 2016 was a “wake up call” that the Church itself needed major help, after 150 years of wear and tear. But it was also our personal call. We believe God led us back to Saint Mary parish “for such a time as this” – to get involved again in a big way, so future generations can also be blessed and be able to gather together, pray, and worship at the beautiful and historic SAINT MARY CHURCH.
Peggy and Mike Hartshorn
Save Saint Mary Church Capital Campaign
For questions on the Save Saint Mary Capital Campaign, please refer to our FAQ on this Website under the "About" tab. For any questions unanswered by our FAQ, please write our Campaign Team at: Give2@stmarygv.org