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Sacred Heart Catholic Church Celebrates A Centennial

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Moline's Sacred Heart Catholic Church will celebrate its 100th anniversary this weekend.

It will feature a re-enactment of the original cornerstone-laying in 1919. The script, put together from research by the church's historian, includes the mayors of Moline and Rock Island playing past mayors. Also, a local priest will portray the Cardinal who blessed the cornerstone.

Organizer Connie Morris says that it's important to take time to reflect on the church's history and Belgian heritage.

"What the people did for our parish, and for our church building itself, 100 years ago, the way they sacrificed, it gives us an example of the things we need to do today to help our church and our community." said Morris.

Morris says visitors from Belgium will attend the celebration. They learned about it through Moline's Center for Belgian Culture.

Following the re-enactment, the church will offer tours of its historic stained glass windows, plus food, music, and other activities.

Sacred Heart will spend the money raised at the centennial on a campaign called "Today Together Tomorrow". It will help pay for restoring the stained glass.

The Cornerstone Celebration starts at 11 am on Sunday, October 20th, with an outdoor Mass on the Sacred Heart campus in Moline.

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