Florence Morning News Newspaper Archives Nov 29 1970, Page 54

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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - November 29, 1970, Florence, South CarolinaPalms Shade the Stone building above once a stable now below a Church filled each sunday with parishioners attending mass. The former stable now the Catholic Church of St. Maurice near it. Lauderdale which parishioners working in their spare time have cleared of stalls and Hayloft. What was once a thoroughbred Racehorse stable near fort Lauderdale fla., is Low the Catholic Church of St. Maurice. A wooden altar occupies the former tack room. The Clear voice of St. Maurice s pastor father David Russell booms through the rafters and echoes off the Walls at two masses each sunday. Father Russell arrived Here in june 1970 to found the Parish of St. Maurice. The cheerful Young priest and his stable Church attract parishioners of All Ages. Retirees sit Side by Side on borrowed chairs with Long haired teen agers while a pretty min skirted girl plays her guitar and sings a hymn from the altar during communion. Working in their spare time the parishioners themselves have dismantled the stalls and Hayloft. There is still More restoring to be done to the stable however. And construction is underway to turn the area behind the stable into a parking lot. Father Russell Hopes the simplicity and honesty of the Church in the stable will have a wide Appeal. After he says the first Church was a stable. We Are kneeling at the this week s picture show by a photographer Jim Bourdier. Parishioners meet for Coffee and donuts in the Garden outside the liable Church after each mass on sundays. Father Russell takes Lime to go around and have a personal word with everyone alter services. Retirees stand Side by Side with Long haired teen agers at mass before an altar where the tack room used to be

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