Historic milestone reached with local Catholic church

By Guy Chapman – Navarro County Gazette

The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church celebrated its 150-year anniversary with a large outdoor mass on Sunday, Oct. 3.

The church, established on Oct. 8, 1871, had its morning service led by Bishop Edward Burns of Dallas. Father Juan Carlos Marin Cortes of the Corsicana church also spoke during the liturgy.

The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Corsicana is the oldest continuously active parish in the Dallas Diocese, predating the actual Dallas district.

Sacramental bread for communion, used in the Christian ritual of the Eucharist, was offered for the attending mass.

Father Juan Carlos Marin Cortes offered blessings and prayer for attendees of the service.

After the service, a special recognition was given to two of the church’s longer served attendees to Immaculate Conception, Marge Hensley and Delored (Dee) Schriefer.

Marge Hensley and Dee Schriefer were given special framed awards for their service. – Photo by Guy Chapman

In addition, two special presentations to the Catholic Church were given by Dr. Kevin Fegan, President of Navarro College, and Susan Hale (Pct. 1 councilperson) and Ruby Williams (Pct. 2 councilperson) of the City of Corsicana. The councilwomen presented a proclamation from Mayor Don Denbow declaring Oct. 3, 2021 as “Immaculate Conception Church Day.”

Both presentations are featured in the video below.

After the service, attendees continued the celebration by enjoying ticketed food vendors and games within the James L. Collins Catholic School gymnasium.

Kids and adults play for fun prizes after the service. – Photo by Guy Chapman

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