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September 7,1954 * • * • '" ' ' ' St. Cecelia*s Church Dedication Section of gtaotra ti^er ^*^ , September 7, 1954 Church am Thursday New Church To Double Former Seating Capacity • •"•• '^r'r ™?r . - ... . •, ,... «,*•.! i;- rf «u,'on ro^ nnlr tn match Ihe . The new church, which rhea- Bsures 175 by 56 feet, .has a seat- ling capacity of 860', almost double that of the old St. Cecelia's. It is of Siou* City face brick in is light tan -color, with Indiana limestone trim. ,/ The floors are of terraza, and the'roof is "slate. Wainscoating is in oak and the pews, designed by the' Svoboda company of Kewanee, Wis., are of Appala- chian red oak, to match the Wain- scoating. All exterior doors are of metal. The new church has hot water heating, natural gas and standby oil. There is a small basement with room for storage, janitor's supplies and the heating system One of the oustanding features of the church is the tower, which rises 108 feet from the ground to the top of the cross. The steeple and cross are both - of copper above an 80-ft. brick tower. \ % St. Cecelia's was begun In March, 1953, and parishioners began using it a few weeks ago. It is located just back of the place where the old church stood. Solemn Pontifical Mass Consecrates St. Cecelia's St. Cecelia's Catholic Church ALGONA, IOWA May I congratulate all of you on giving this community such an attractive edifice as you have in the new St. Cecelia's. It is an achievement of architectural beauty of which all of you may .accept with pridei All of you are to be commended! I personally feel it a privilege to have been named the general contractor, and extend a wholehearted "thank you" for the confidence placed in me. My very best wishes . . . H. J. COWAN CONTRACTOR-BUILDER General Contractor For St. Cecelia's Catholic Church ALGONA, IOWA — ilia Reverend Father Edward Maynard, ureuiuna wi iiw..~. i no The Reverend Father Joseph Schultes. • Solemn Pontifical Mass Celebrant - The Most Reverend Joseph M. Mueller, D. D. Arch Priest - The Right Reverend Monsignor William Ma- S0 "' Decfc'on of the Mass - The Very Reverend Monsignor Bernard of the Mass - The Reverend Father Cletus Ah- '"^""Masters of Ceremony - The Reverend Father George Benjamin The Reverend Father Frank S.aber, The Reverend Father Dean Walker. Dedicatory Sermdn The Reverend Father Leo Kelm. Music ScKola Cantorum - The Reverend Father A. W. Behrens The Reverend Father Francis Conway, The Reverend Father Robert Keefe, The Reverend Father John Eagan, The Reverend Father George McFadden, The Reverend Father Paul Alvey. - Mass in Honor of the Holy Spirit S AT. B. Arrangement, Georges Riquier, composer - St. Cecelia's Adult Choir The Consecration of Altars ceremony will star at 7:30 a. m. and dedication of the church will take place at about 10 a. m., allowed by the Pontifical Mass. For the radio broadcast between 10 and 11 a. m., over station KSMN, the narrator will be the Reverend Father Karl Hansen. A noon banquet will follow the Dedication ceremonies at the Academy, to be served by St. Cecelia's Catholic Action Guild, starting at 12:30 p. m. All visiting priests, Ady.sory Board members, their wives, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and the r wives/and all associated with the construction of the churc.. will attend. Informal gatherings will complete the Dedication Day. Right Reverend Monsignor P. P. Gearen Pastor, St. Cecelia's Msgr. Gearen First Of Rank In Parish Here His Holiness Pope Pius XII onferred honors on eight priests of the Diocese of Sioux City, among them the pastor of St. Cecelia's Catholic church of Algona, P. P. Gearen, in March of 1953. Five priests were raised to the rank of Domestic Prelate, with :he title Right Reverend Monsignor. Announcement of the honors was issued by His Excellency the Most Rev. Joseph M. Mueller, D. D., bishop of the Diocese. Born A* Sioux City The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Percy Pat rick Gearen was born in Sioux City where be received his early education and was graduated from Trinity nigh school. H earned a Bachelor of Arts degre at Campion College, Prairie "" Jhien, Wis., and took his courses n theology at Kenrick Seminary, it. Louis, Mo. He was ordained to the priest- .iood by the late Bishop Edmond leelan, D. D., on June 6, 1925, at he Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City. Served At Whittemore Msgr. Gearen served as assistant at Whittemore before being assigned to his first pastorate at Onawa. He later was appointed pastor at Early and was assigned to Algona in July of 1948. At Algona he has directed the build- ng of the new Sisters' convent, renovated the church school, and supervised the construction of the new St. Cecelia's church. He was appointed Diocesan Consultor in 1952. Msgr. Gearen is the first pastor in residence at St. Cecelia's parish 1o be so honored. Investiture ceremonies were held at Sioux City. Although both of Msgr. Gearen's parents are dead, he ha3 five sisters and three brothers. Two of his sisters, Mrs Henry Holland and Marie Gearen, are residents of Algona, the latter serving as his housekeeper at the local rectory.