GLOBE CHRONICLES compiled by Julie Pravecek from the weeks of Nov. 10 – 30.
10 years ago – 2006
LE MARS – For several years the six parishes in the Le Mars Area Catholic Cluster have been investigating how to continue to serve the needs of parishioners as fewer priests are available to minister there. Priests of the Le Mars Area Catholic Cluster read a letter from Bishop R. Walker Nickless at all Masses Nov. 11 and 12 that answered questions about the future direction of the parishes. The letter announced the bishop’s decision to form one new parish corporation that will have a new name.
SIOUX CITY – St. Joseph Parish in Sioux City is in the process of selling the former school building, Holy Family School-St. Joseph Center to the public school system in Sioux City.
STORM LAKE – The St. Mary’s family gathered before the break for their annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service held in the gym. The high school leadership class organized the serviced, including student-led songs of praise and scripture sharing God’s grace.
25 years ago – 1991
SIOUX CITY – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Sioux City opened the doors at its new building located at 1601 Military Road in Sioux City, on Nov. 18. Administrative and line staff of the agency are now housed under one roof, with the possibility of expansion.
COON RAPIDS – Annunciation Parish in Coon Rapids celebrated its 100th anniversary on Nov. 24 with a 2 p.m. Mass and reception.
LE MARS – Father Merlin J. Schrad, chief administrator at Gehlen Catholic Schools of Le Mars, along with the nine-member GCS Board of Education, accepted three separate cashiers’ checks totaling $30,000, the result of the schools’ first-ever phone-a-thon which was held the last week of September.
50 years ago – 1966
EARLY – Sacred Heart High School here hosted the annual Catholic Youth Organization Cheerleading Clinic Sunday, Oct. 30.
MANSON – New facilities for worship and religious instruction in St. Thomas’ parish here will be formerly dedicated by the Most Rev. Joseph M. Mueller, D.D., Sunday. The facilities include the church with accommodations for 400 people, four catechetical rooms, offices and parish hall.
NEW YORK – Songstress Kate Smith received the Benemerenti Medal conferred by Pope Paul VI from Francis Cardinal Spellman of New York at a luncheon on Nov. 7. The papal medal was awarded at the cardinal’s recommendation because of “the happiness she has brought to so many people and her outstanding Christian life.” Miss Smith became a Catholic in 1964.