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St. Paul celebrates 100 years

August 27, 2011
By ANGELINA DICKSON - Special to the Herald-Star , The Herald-Star

WEIRTON - Members of Weirton's Catholic community will be celebrating in the coming weeks as the parishioners at St. Paul Church plan to celebrate the church's centennial.

The Rev. Larry Dorsch said this year is a big year for the church community as the past and present members of St. Paul Church are invited to gather at the Serbian-American Cultural Center Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the celebration.

St. Paul Church was established in 1911 on Aug. 28, making the event 100 years to the date, added Dorsch. He said it will be a homecoming for former pastors, teachers and members. While the celebration is mainly for those who are affiliated with St. Paul Church, Dorsch said anyone wanting to be a part of the celebration is welcome.

"This is a significant occasion," he said. "This will give us a chance to look back at where we come from."

Dorsch said event planners intend to decorate the hall with photos of people from the past who are still very much a part of the St. Paul and Weirton community. In addition, the church intends to publish a photographic history as well, he said, to give the church members and other in attendance a chance to see what the town was once; what it did during the depression years, the war years through today.

The church, according to Dorsch, has planned many celebrations for throughout the year, which will spaced out. He said the Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston Diocese will be visiting later in the year to honor the church for its 100 years of existence as one of such celebrations.

For more information on the St. Paul Church Centennial Celebration, call (304) 748-6710.

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