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Parish Life During the Depression


Mildred Harriet and Sister Beatina (June 11, 1933)

Graduate Mildred Harriet and Sr. Beatina
June 11, 1933 (click on photo to enlarge)

During the depression most people were poor, many without jobs. It was a despairing time. Boys who graduated from St. Anthony school struggled to find work that could contribute to the family income. Although the years of the Depression were particularly hard on the parish, Father Kubelbeck was able to keep people’s spirit’s alive by ensuring that the parish remain open for devotions and the sacraments, and that money was available for needed renovations and maintenance.

Despite persistent economic problems, parish life was bright. Ss. Anthony and Margaret and the Belgium Club down the street were important centers of the Belgian’s social lives. Feasts were celebrated in all the richness of the Catholic tradition.

The first Friday of each month was regularly observed. Holy Mass was celebrate at 7:30 a.m. at which the senior and junior Sacred Heart League received Communion. The Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament was a favorite devotion held at various times (e.g., First Friday of the Month, Sunday afternoon or evening.) Lenten devotions were held three time a week. On Sunday and Friday the Stations of the Cross were said in common followed by Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament. On Wednesday the Rosary was recited which was followed by a sermon and Benediction.

May devotions were held daily after Mass except on Sunday and Wednesday. During the month of October, the rosary was recited daily during Mass.