St Bernard's Church Dedicated
PAGE EIGHT ALTON Bishop Confirm? More Than 300 NewSt.Bernard'sChurchDedicated WOOD RIVER—Member-: of St. Bernard's parish Sunday drrtir.itod their new church building—.W °f the finest oditii-rs in the Piorrsr of Springfield. Bishop William A. O'Connor pontiticatcd at tlir drdicalion crrc- mony. and celebrated pontifical high mass. Master-of-cefeniotiies was i) 1 " Rev. Father Michael O. Priscoll of Springfield, vice chancellor of the diocese. The sermon vas preached by the Rev. Father Robert Kager of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at Springfield. Father Facer is a former assistant pastor of St. Bernard's. He drew on his experience as assistant at Wood River more than 20 years ago to list the sacrifices of the members of the parish in retiring the debt on the original church-school building, and then in financing the new church edifice. Bishop O'Connor spoke briefly at the conclusion of mass and congratulated the parish on its outstanding achievements. The progress of the past decade drew the particular praises of the bishop. Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus from Edwardsville, Alton and \Vood River, in formal dress, formed a guard of honor, and made an arch of sabers on the • front steps of the church for the processional. • Officers of the pontifical high ' mass were: Father William Croke of Alton, arch priest; Fathers James Suddes of Alton and Joseph Jordon of Granite City, deacons of honor; Father George Faller ol Edwardsville, deacon of the mass; Father Lawrence Mattingly of : Mitchell, sub-deacon: Father Michael 0. Driscoll, vice-chancellor of the diocese, master of ceremonies. The new building was jammed with members ol the parish and visitprs during the pontifical mass and again during the afternoon when the bishop confirmed more than 300 persons. AT CHURCH DEDICATION — Bishop William A. O'Conner of Springfield, photographed at St. Bernard's Church dedication in Wood River Sunday. Walking ahead of the bishop is Msgr. B. N. Manning of Collinsville. At left is the Rev. Father James Snddes of St. Mary's Church, and at right is the Rev. Father Joseph Jordan of Granite City.—Staff Photo.