It was one year ago when Father Gene Sitzmann, along with members of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, dedicated the new Maryhill Welcome Center with a Shelter House and the new Rainbow Playground on the grounds of the former Maryhill Church.
It was Father Sitzmann's wish to see the former parishioners still have a place to come home to when they came to the hallowed grounds of Maryhill. It was that need that led him to build the shelter house and playground, that he dedicated to the memory of his parents and to St. Isadora, the Patron Saint of farmers.
At that time, Sitzmann promised that there would be more to come on the grounds of Maryhill. True to his word, Sitzmann recently announced the construction and near completion of a prayerful memorial shrine that reflects on all the themes of the Four Gospel Mysteries and the Rosary.
A devotional site in prayerful support of rural life and its economies is at the heart of the shrine, with a memorial to "Our Lady of the Fields" representing the Virgin Mary. Directly behind the memorial will be a planter where a few ears of wheat, corn, alfalfa will grow. Once again, reflection of rural life and its economy will be on display.
Connecting the entrance walkway with the pentagon, like a on a Rosary, will be the Rosary Centerpiece which will be the corner stone of the former church.
Tucked away in a small tin was a decree written in German. Unfortunately, the tin that was meant to protect the document caused irrepairable damage to the paper.
The final phase of this project will be completed this fall. Sitzmann indicated that the next project will be that of a pavilion behind the Rosary.
The completion of this project as a whole is to be used as an educational and devotional center to the Holy Rosary and to focus on the sacred scriptures.