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|Local Church Gets Blessing of New Cross
|A downtown Galesburg church wanted to embark on what its pastor said was a simple enough project, but eventually resulted in what could be described as just a little bit more of God's work.
A small crowd gathered Tuesday morning in the parking lot of Corpus Christi Catholic Church for praise and worship as a re-painted cross was placed atop the church steeple. The church's pastor, Father Bill Miller, said the premise initially was to figure out a way to light the steeple.
But Miller tells WGIL lighting the steeple turned into having the cross re-plated, which then turned into repairs to the steeple itself.
"When (the crews) finally got up there, they also found some storm damage and wind damage and lightning damage that had to be taken care of," Miller said. "It's kind of a big deal, as you can imagine, to bring a crane in. So we wanted to get everything done we could on that steeple. And I think they've done a very good job. The high point, of course, is getting the cross back up."
A Peoria-based historical building and church restoration company did the work using a crane crew from Ladd, Illinois. And Father Miller says outside of a number of weather delays last week, the project has gone extremely smoothly, and only took a small amount of time and two months of planning.
What's more, Father Miller says he's grateful that the parish as a whole didn't have to contribute financially to make the work a reality. He says a deceased parishoner left money to the church for just this type of project.
(The newly-refurbished cross adorns the top of the steeple at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Galesburg.)
(Crews meet not long after the crane used to put the cross up return to the ground. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|11 04 09 by Newsroom
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