Thursday, August 25, 2011
Photos by Mike Leckband
The church at Maryhill, in Sheridan Township, was destroyed by a windstorm in 2006, and the decision was made by the Archdiocese to not rebuild. During the ensuing years, former Maryhill pastor Gene Sitzmann and parishioners have worked on establishing a prayer and education pavilion and children's playground on the grounds.
Our Lady of the Fields -
Maryhill offers a prayerful support of rural life and its economies with a memorial to "Our Lady of the Fields" representing the Virgin Mary. Directly behind the memorial is a planter where a few ears of wheat, corn, and alfalfa are currently growing.
Church tower -
A new pray pavilion is currently being constructed at the grounds of the Maryhill Church. The pavilion is a replica of the church tower that stood on top of the former church and will offer a place for devotion along with education for many years to come.
New at Maryhill -
Father Gene Sitzmann is pictured standing at the Maryhill Devotion and Education Center on the grounds at Maryhill.
Pray for us -
This small plaque will be installed near the memorial to "Our Lady of the Fields" representing the Virgin Mary at Maryhill and simply asks for a prayer.
Devotion and Education -
This sign will also hang in the new pray pavilion at Maryhill. This sign highlights the Reflections of the Mysteries along with the Prayers of the Rosary.
Soon to be completed -
Gene Sitzmann is looking forward to the completion of the new prayer pavilion that is a replica of the Maryhill Church tower. When construction is completed, this six-foot stainless steel cross will sit atop the roof.
St. Catherine -
One of the stained glass windows that will be installed in the tower replica will be that of Saint Catherine. This window was one of the few that survived the damage when the Maryhill Church was destroyed five years ago.