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Plans to Build a New Church and Rectory

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1950’s


Original Church Building Showing Signs of Age

By the mid 50’s the parish had “outgrown” its first church building. Although the parishioners were very fond of their church, Monsignor Kubelbeck referred to it as “outdated.” Over the years, it had received several renovations, and any further attempts to “modernize” it, according to the pastor, were “futile.” In fact, “the cost of keeping it in proper repair [became] excessive to the point of being wasteful.”
 
Emerging Need for Moving Convent

Although the school building was sufficient for the needs of educating the children of the parish, Monsignor Kubelbeck did not see the the living arrangements of the sisters as being good. In the school a lack of space for the sisters was a concern. It was also not ideal that they live and work in the same building. “This has, indeed, been a continued hardship,” said Monsignor to the parishioners in a letter. “Those who devote themselves to the confining task of teaching surely deserve to reside away from the scene of their labors.”
 
Plans to Build a New Church and Rectory

Monsignor Kubelbeck’s solution to the housing problem which the parish was facing was to construct a new Church which would have attached to it a new rectory. The school sisters, therefore, could move into the old rectory.

Monsignor had another reason for building a new church. He wanted a worship space which the parish could “be proud in the light of the present day, modern concepts of Catholic worship.”
 
Appeal to Parishioners for Funds

In Monsignor Kubelbeck’s letter to parishioners he stated, “The task is not one for a select few…rather, for all of us. Each member of our Parish family must work hard, for we know of no “easy way” to accomplish our purpose. Each of us must pray hard. We cannot complete our program without HIS help. Finally, we much each give generously and sacrificially in order that our objective may be attained in a manner which will make us proud of each other, and which will complement God’s cause. Pray, work, sacrifice…for a “Full Catholic Life in Allouea and Itasca” has been adopted as our theme.”

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