Sunday, June 22, 2014

Church Record Sunday - 150th Anniversary of Immaculate Conception Church in Celina, Ohio

Today marks the start of a six month celebration of the founding of the Immaculate Conception Church in Celina, Ohio. The church was founded in 1864 by twenty Catholic families. Construction of the current building began in 1900 and completed in 1903. There are some wonderful photos and history of the church on the 150th Anniversary Facebook page. My father's side of the family has strong ties to the church and many of my ancestors were baptized, married and worshiped there.
ICC as it appeared on the Parish Monthly cover in 1935
My Creeden family moved to Mercer County in 1885 and in Timothy Creeden's will, he stipulated that $100 be given towards construction of the new church and $100 be given for masses for the repose of his soul.

Receipt for donation to ICC from Timothy Creeden's estate in 1900
Receipt for donation to ICC for masses for Timothy Creeden in 1900
My father went to the ICC school from first to twelfth grade and graduated from there in 1952.

ICC School and Parsonage in 1949
From the pictures I've seen, the interior of the church is beautiful. This postcard doesn't have a date, but is probably from the late 1940s or early 1950s. It shows the church as it was decorated for Christmas that year.

Congratulations to the parish on their 150th anniversary! 

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