German Village Society

ALTHOUGH ST. MARY IS DARK — FOR NOW — THERE IS LIGHT, HOPE

The bells of St. Mary’s are silent and the windows of St. Mary’s are dark.

That sounds a bit ominous. It is, to some extent, but there is light and there is hope.

On Aug. 28 lightning struck St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church while I was inside offering a private Mass after having just flown in from California.

That one zap disabled the church’s computers, elevators, chimes, bells, pipe organ, sound system, security cameras — and that was only the immediate result.

Some months earlier a few cracks had been observed and it was soon evident that one of the major beams in the attic had crushed some of the support bricks beneath it.

With that clear measurement as a reference point, additional measurements were taken after the lightning strike and showed the church took a good shake.

This was evident in the plaster which fell in the choir loft and other large cracks that appeared in the ceiling.

It was also noted that the outer walls seemed to be leaning slightly out where the choir loft attaches.

Currently several engineers are taking measurements and preparing recommendations.

In the history of the parish, just about every pastor put a new roof on the church.