(Plain Press, November 2016) On Saturday, October 15th, St. Wendelin Parish celebrated the 100th birthday of long time parishioner Cecilia Andrews with a party in the rectory after the evening mass. Across the parking lot from the celebration, the towers of the church were shining their bright lights. Andrews, who will be 100 years old on November 3rd, celebrated her birthday by making a donation to St. Wendelin parish for the purpose of lighting the church towers.
Cecilia’s daughter, Elaine, along with St. Wendelin Pastor Fr. Robert Kropac, hired Dean Guernsey of Dynamic Sign in Tremont for the job of lighting the towers of the church at 2281 Columbus Road. Kidd says it was “important to light the towers carefully while respecting the 92-year-old holy structure of the 113-year-old parish.”
St. Wendelin Parish Office and Communications Manager Susan Kidd says “lighting the towers has been a goal of the parish staff and parishioners since the reopening of the parish in July, 2012.”
Seven years ago, at age 93, Cecilia Andrews joined with other parishioners in protesting the closing of St. Wendelin’s church holding a sign saying “Keep St. Wendelin Open” in front of St. John’s Cathedral in downtown Cleveland, said Kidd. “She continued to pray fervently until the joyous news from the Vatican that St. Wendelin would reopen its doors,” said Kidd.
At the October 15th celebration Cecilia Andrews was joined by many friends and parishioners including her three goddaughters. Mary Chura (Tremont resident), Phyllis Thoene and Angela. Andrews now lives in Kerrville, Texas with her daughter and son-in-law, but travels back to her home parish often, said Kidd.