St. Henry's Church celebrates 110th anniversary

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Judy Lane

Letter to the Editor

It takes a dedicated community to keep a church alive even after it has been inactive for almost 20 years. The Twin Butte community has rallied around its historical St. Henry’s RC Church and has maintained the church, cemetery and grounds as a historical site.

Through the encouragement of Fr. Lacombe, pioneers sought out bank notes to finance the project for birthing this rural church and cut and transported timbers from mountains to build it. Many people have given their gifts of time, talent and treasure to honour the memories of those who built the church to give their gift of faith to future generations.

It’s time to celebrate! This little country church which sits up on a knoll about 25 km south-east of Pincher Creek, is celebrating its 110th Anniversary as Canada celebrates its 150th.

With special permission granted by Bishop William McGrattan from the Diocese of Calgary, the church will become active for a day to acknowledge this milestone.

On Saturday, July 15 at 3 p.m. Mass will be held in the church with Fr. Roque from Lethbridge as celebrant.

Following Mass, there will be a Blessing of the Cemetery as well as an opportunity for those in attendance to walk the outdoor Stations of the Cross or spend some time reflecting at the Grotto. After the spiritual activities, all will join in a potluck supper and reminisce about the days gone by. The day will provide nourishment for both body and soul.

Local parishioners Bob and Nonee Bonertz created the Stations of the Cross, the Grotto and the Crucifix. This year Bob created the eagle to acknowledge its importance to the Indigenous people of the area and its majesty to all. With the help of many family and friends, these sculptures were put up on the church grounds and provide a peaceful chapel in God’s cathedral for prayer, reflection and meditation.

Mark July 15 on your calendar and come make history at St. Henry’s Church and remember to bring something to share at the potluck.




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