Updated: May 23, 2021 10:30 PM
Created: May 23, 2021 05:02 PM
When you walk into the Holy Spirit Catholic Church of Two Harbors, you'll be met by its striking interior.
The stained glass windows and paintings on the walls pay homage to the history of the building, which now dates back 100 years.
On Sunday, the church celebrated a century worth of worship with an open house.
“There's a lot of history here on the North Shore with the Catholic community,” Father Steve Laflamme, Pastor at Holy Spirit said. “All of the different sacraments that have been celebrated and people’s memories that have come up has been really a neat thing.”
At the open house, staff taught the congregation about the building’s evolution, including its most recent renovation which was done over the past year and unveiled on Easter.
“As much as we could save from how the church was a couple of years ago, we have to kind of incorporate the old and the new,” Laflamme said.
Throughout the day, many reminisced on baptisms, communions and weddings held within the church's walls.
“34 years ago today, I got married here,” Treasaigh Anderson, Parish Secretary and Book Keeper at Holy Spirit said. “About now, I was pacing back and forth waiting to walk down the isle.”
Moving forward, many hope to see others mark meaningful milestones at the church.
“I hope that it can just keep having people invest in it and keep having young people like myself bringing up their kids in the church,” Jessica Breden, a member of Holy Spirit said.
So that a century from now, a similar celebration will be held.
“I hope it stands for another 100 years,” Anderson said. “Its more than just a community. It’s a parish family. We genuinely care about everyone around us and we do what we can to help them when they are in need and spiritually support them.”
On Christmas Eve this year, Holy Spirit Catholic Church will mark the 100th anniversary of their first midnight mass with a similar service.