New Catholic Church Cornerstone Laid

Clipped from US, Ohio, Athens, Athens Messenger and Herald, May 16, 1895

WITH IMPOSING CEREMONIESTh« cornsr-Btono of tns N«w catholicChurch was Formally Laid.+mmm+m+m»rn. .The weather was clear and bright,| although somewhat cool, on Sunday i morning which insured the presence of an immense gathering of people here to witness the formal laying of the corner-stone of the new Catholic church. Excursions were run from Columbus on tho C. H. V. T. aud from Bremen on the Ohio Central Linos, both of which roads brought in coaches loaded i to the platform with humanity from intermediate points along their respective* lines. A special tsuia was run on the B. *0. 8. W. from Parkersburg for the accommodation of the commandery Knights of St. George and Hibernians of that city. .In the forenoon the sacrament of confirmation was observed at the church . which was crowded throughout the ser-i vices. Rt, Key. Bishop John A. Wat-terBon of Columbus officiated in the f services, assisted by Father Mattingly 1 and Father Cush of Dresden. Bishop Watterson’s sermon was directed principally to tho applicants for confirmation and their parents to whom he itn-• parted advice aud instruction as to their* duties as members of the church. At the conclusion of the sermon thirty-four received tho ordinance of confirmation. Bishop Watterson, who is an• earnest and enthusiastic temperance f worker, called upon ail who were con-a firmed to take tho pledge of total abstinence which they all did.About two o’elock in tho afternoon e the members of visiting orders foimed on Main street for parade. The orders d represented were commanderies of the d Knights of St. George in full uniform from Parkersburg and Lancaster, e Knights of St. John from Lancaster and i. Logan, in uniform, and members of the !, Ancient Order of Hibernians from e Parkersburg, Junction City and Glous-■t ter. The different commanderies car-d ried banners and flags and good musio 17 was discoursed by the Lancaster band ir and the Athens Military bond. The s. line of march was by way of Main, 3- Mulberry, Vine and Union streets— around the University campus,—and is thence by College street to the site of *1 the new church, where a great con-a. course of people was gathered to witness i, the ceremonies, which were opened at .* throe o’clock with prayer by Bishop ie Watterson, followed by a scriptural p- reading und a short sermon. Bishop o- Watterson is a very able speaker and held tho closest attention of the aasem-11. blage throughout his remarks at the io conclusion of which the bishop and the visiting clergy marched around theps foundation which was sprinkled with y. holy water and blessed by the bishop, s- The corner-stone was then blessed and io formally laid m place, the threatening Li. weather making it necessary to dispense er with a portion of the ceremonies, ift The clergy who assisted in the cere-of monies were Father Mattingly, Father Boden of Buchtel, Father Powers of ih Logan and Father Cusli of Dresden, le Tho construction of the church was n begun on Monday.