History Project – Remembering Father Phillip Widmann

This installment of the History Project from Andrea Thomas is about Father Phil Widmann, the third St. Mary’s pastor of our “modern” era. He had the unenviable task of following the iconic Father Tom O’Connor, and while they were very different, both shared a strong dedication to the priesthood and to Catholic social teaching, and... Continue reading

History Project – Religious Education Efforts

In this installment of the History Project article, Rose Ferguson shares memories of some very early Religious Education efforts in the parish and the neighborhood–including an innovative fund-raising endeavor! I have many fond memories of our dear friend and advisor, Father Ruetz. He was a truly holy and humble man always willing to help in... Continue reading

History Project – Working with Engaged Couples

Sandy Richards Sullivan shares memories of the years when she and Tom were part of the parish marriage preparation team. Besides the subjects our married couples discussed with the engaged couples during their home visits, those planning to marry also took lengthy per-marital inventories. In those days the inventories had to scored by hand, and... Continue reading

History Project – Early Years at the Matthew 25 Clinic

A prayer group at St. Mary’s “back in the day” took seriously the call to put faith into action and began exploring the possibility of providing free medical care to neighborhood folks who were uninsured or under-insured. Susan Berghoff shares what it was like in those early days. “Truly I say to you, to the... Continue reading

History Project – Soup Kitchen Memories

The February 19th installment of the history project was written by long-time parishioner Jim Berghoff. Jim supervised the Soup Kitchen operation during the transition from a four-burner stove in the Rectory to larger space in the church basement. My start at the St. Mary’s soup kitchen was more fate than something I had planned. I... Continue reading

History Project – Father Ralph Larson

The third installment of out 175th Jubilee History Project is about Father Ralph Larson, pastor at St. Mary’s from 1963-1969. It was written by Ken Yahne with research assistance from Maryilyn Horrell. The article notes Father Larson’s acknowledgement of the changing demographics in the neighborhood, and the new direction of ministry that largely shaped who... Continue reading

History Project – Witness, Service and Fellowship

This is the first in a series of occasional articles written by members of the parish as part of our 175th Jubilee History Project. Written by parishioner Andrea Thomas, the article linked below first appeared in the “Gifts Journal” publication of the Bishops’ Committee on the Laity of the NCCB and was later reprinted in... Continue reading