Bishop to consecrate altar, bless renovation of church on Oct. 14
Every Sunday Jessica Nicholson’s third grader, Ethan, asks if Mass will be celebrated in the church. Next Sunday his mother can say yes.
Parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburg have been worshipping in the St. Mary’s Colgan Field House since a renovation of their Carthage limestone “Church of the Immigrants” began on May 15.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will celebrate a Mass Saturday, Oct. 14, to rededicate the church that was initially dedicated about 110 years ago, and to consecrate the new altar.
Nicholson, communications and marketing coordinator for the parish, said the excitement is palpable.
“After Mass on Sundays we roll some footage of what has happened during the week,” she said last week. “We have some people who are so excited to see it that they say they can’t wait until Sunday Mass. And some people will cover their eyes and say they want to wait to see the completed project!”
The renovation, in one word, she said, is “breathtaking.”
“There has been a complete color scheme change, it’s much brighter, it’s lighter,” Nicholson said. “There is so much symbolism in there now. We have different murals and medallions, and the crucifix is suspended over the sanctuary space. When you walk in, your breath is taken away.”
She said workers who’ve never been in the church before will quickly take out their phones and begin taking pictures.
Although the budget for the work was set at $1.2 million, Nicholson said because of the generosity of the parishioners and the community with their time, energy, and resources, the parish is getting a “much more robust renovation” than the budgeted amount.
Ethan, though, doesn’t care about that. He just wants to get back into the church.

Want to watch the Mass?
Those unable to travel to see the newly-renovated Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Pittsburg will be able to watch the Mass on the internet. The rededication Mass will be live streamed at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, from Our Lady of Lourdes’ website:
A Christmas Eve Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes, celebrated by Bishop Carl A. Kemme, will be broadcast, tape-delayed, that evening and the next morning. Exact times will be announced later.

Want to see the renovation work?
Images and video of the renovation are available at