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St. Isidore's to celebrate 125 years


The original St. Isidore's Catholic Church, completed in 1890 (pictured), burned in 1915 when sparks from a steam engine ignited dry grass. The church and rectory were rebuilt.

One of the oldest churches in the area will be celebrating 125 years of its history on Thursday, May 16. St. Isidore’s Catholic Church of Sturgeon Lake has long years of service to the faithful.

Although the deed for the two parcels of land for the church and the cemetery were issued in 1889, the church had its beginnings two years earlier in a small shoe shop in 1887. The fledging church drew people from a wide area, several of whom later started their own parishes, which were missions attached to St. Isidore’s. One of those missions was in Split Rock.

The farmers in the congregation donated lumber and labor to build the first church. It was completed in 1890. The church and rectory burned on May 5, 1915, when sparks from a steam engine ignited dry grass. The grass fire spread to the rectory and then the church. The church and rectory were rebuilt. The new church was dedicated in September 1916, and the church remains to this day.

(The early history of the church was taken from Sturgeon Lake – 100 Years of History. The history of St. Isidore’s was compiled by Rev. Stan A. Libold, in 1949.)

Those 125 years of history will be celebrated at the Feast of St. Isidore on Thursday, May 16, at 6 p.m., with Bishop Sirba as the main celebrant at the opening mass. Displays will outline each decade of the rich history of the church over the years. The displays will remain until July 14.

Contact Helen Grutkoski at (218) 372-3617 for more information.


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