Church receives help

With little more than a foundation left following the tornado in March, St. Luke's Parish in Salyersville is getting some much needed help.

St. Ann's Catholic Church in Terre Haute, Indiana held their last services Sunday... They're closing for good after consolidation within the Archdiocese... And donating many things including a pulpit and baptismal font to a fridge and dozens of chairs to the eastern Kentucky Church.

Sister Constance Cramer of the sisters of Province said "I believe a parish is about mission. When you end one mission, you begin another somehow or someway. So, today is the beginning of another mission for us to help another little church rebuild so they can be a mission again with the people they serve."

Sister Kramer agrees with some parishoners that the moment is bittersweet. They're sad to be packing up, but glad to see part of their beloved church's spirit live on.

"It's a sad feeling because everyone is feeling a sense of loss," Tracy Pruitt explained. "But it makes you feel happy in the fact that you know it's being re-purposed, being used for a good cause."

While the congregation in Salyersville works to raise funds and subsequently walls of their new church, everything donated from St. Ann's will be kept at the Appalachian Mission Center in Louisa.


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