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Bishop Nickless Dedicates New St. Joseph Church

(Le Mars) -- Song, scripture, liturgy and pageantry filled the sanctuary of the new St. Joseph Catholic Church Sunday afternoon as the 1000 plus parishioners dedicated the new building.  Bishop Walker Nickless was on hand to coordinate the dedication.  Bishop Nickless  told the group of Catholic parishioners that the new church is more than a new building.
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He reminded the people that the church should serve as a place where their spirit is renewed.

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It was an inspiring service, and for Father Kevin Richter this was his first building dedication.
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Dick Ahlers, a pastorial lay director for St. Joseph Church echoed Richter's sentiments.
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(Le Mars) -- One of the key factors in designing and constructing of the new church was to incorporate many of the artifacts from the old St. Joseph Church into the new church building.  The main altar came from the old church, as did several statues, and the church was also able to acquire many items from the former Neptune Catholic Church.  Father Kevin Richter says the congregation followed the church's theme and that helped everyone appreciate the new structure.
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Although many of the stained glass windows originated from a church in the New England region, Dick Ahlers is especially proud of the care and preservation of the windows.

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Kevin Strehle (Stray-lee) was the architech of the new church building.  He says he welcomed the challenge of creating the church with modern features, but at the same time holding on to tradition.

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