It was a bit of a sad day here in town. Times have changed and the Catholic church here in town no longer needed nor wanted to afford the upkeep of the rectory. From what I was told, the rectory was built in the 50’s back when the church had it’s own priest. Things here changed. The Catholic churches in the neighboring towns have consolidated to have one large joint parish with several churches. There is one priest and he severs the churches rotating mass from church to church.
When we first moved into the area, they had closed the town Catholic school and eventually that was taken down. Now it was time for the rectory to go. With no priest living there, it was too expensive to keep up and needed too many renovations.
Previous to this they had a rummage sale selling the contents of the house….now, it was time for the rectory to go. The fire department held a training in it a couple weeks and Thursday night last week, it was time for the building to go. The firemen burned it.
There were quite a few people there to watch it go including us. We took Carver so he could see Daddy and Papa being firemen.
Papa even took some time to pick on Carver….
The firemen were on scene so that they could keep the fire from spreading to the church or the garage that is in the right of the picture below.
They had a excavator there to push in the walls once the center burned. Carver got to sit in it and loved it.
Here’s the excavator at work.
It got really in close to the fire. The firemen kept hosing the excavator down so it didn’t catch on fire.
It didn’t take long and the rectory was gone. It was a sad day…the end of an age when our community was larger….more people practiced their faith…more people went to be a priest.
They are adding more parking where the rectory was. They need it for days when this church hosts mass for the area churches.
I know towns all over are experiencing this. It something we all are sad to see happen.