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St. Patrick Churcl00; E Father Joseph L. Clauss, below leR, pastor at St. Peter Catholic Church, Montgomery, attends to needs of the community at St. Patrick, Coming. The rectory at St. Patrick, le/ center, is now rented by a family. The two story ten room, brick structure was built by Father Charles Curran in 1895. A statue of St. Patrick, left, is prominently displayed at the rear of the church. At the original site of "old" St. Patrick Church at Glencoe, all that now remains is the original cemetery. Foundation stones from the original church were used for a dam to build a lake near the new church; logs from the old church were used for part of the first rectory at Coming, across the road from the church building. A two?room school building at Glen- coe no longer exists; the chapel built at the cemetery in the late 19th century was torn down in the 1930s. Parish roots are deep in the history St. Patrick Catholic Church may well be remembered by some families as the church that paid its debts with apples. The story about the apples comes a half century after the parish beginnings. The history of St. Patrick Church blossoms with fascinating details. The roots are deep in the history of ,ii. Catholicism in Indiana. The branches are intertwined with stories of the missionary efforts in the Diocese of Vincennes, the opening of the Northwest Territory, the influx of Irish immigrant families, and the construction of the Wabash and Erie Canal. Simon Brute was the first bishop of the Diocese of Vincennes, in 1834: At at time, there were missionaries in his territory, but there was only one priest permanently attached to the diocese -- Father Simon Petit Lalumiere, a native of Vincennes who had been assigned by Bishop Benedict Flaget of Bardstown to St. Francis Xavier Church in Vincennes. Father Lalumiere founded the churches of St. Peter in Montgomery, St ....... Mary at the "Boggs Creek Settlement" in Daviess County, and St. Simon in Washington. Around 1837, Father Lalumiare began planning for a church to serve the Catholics at Glencoe, who had to travel some six or seven miles to Mass at Montgomery. Plans did not come to reality, however, until Father Julian Delaune was appointed in 1840. It was hewho built "Old St. Patrick Church." As many families moved into the area after construction of the Wabash and Erie Canal, the population shifted to the east. Construction of the "New St. Patrick Church" was begun by Father Bartholomew Piers at Coming in 1860. Father William Doyle became the first resident pa build an aq In 1{ the'ite of 1 Charles Cu school at G joining the chard help Fath to a histor) According I St. Patrick Cathotic Churc R.R. 2, Montgomery, Indiana, Attended from St. Peter Catholic Montgomery, Illdiana 4751 (812) 483149 Pastor: ....................... ... ......... Mass Schedule St. Peter: ...................... Saturday, 5:3 St. Patrick: ................................ St. Michael: ............................... III  I I I