Stained-glass sto­ries

St. Al­ban’s to host open house as part of 100th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - WEATHER - SHERI LAMB SLamb@post­media.ca

Ev­ery­one is in­vited to view a lit­tle piece of Kenora his­tory.

The build­ing where St. Al­ban’s Cathe­dral Church stands on Main Street South was built 100 years ago and its parish­ioners are open­ing the doors be­tween 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, July 19 for ev­ery­one to stop by, view the ar­chi­tec­ture and learn about the his­tory of the church.

Stephanie Kennedy, a co­co­or­di­na­tor of the 100-year cel­e­bra­tions, said she’d like to see a steady parade of peo­ple walk­ing through the church.

“It’s a good time to tour and visit with us or just to sit if you wish to sit in a church,” said Kennedy. “The whole build­ing will be open and we’ll have some­one to walk peo­ple through if they want or they could just wan­der through on their own and en­joy the build­ing.”

Kennedy said she’s no his­to­rian, but she does re­mem­ber hear­ing about one of the first ser­vices in the church in 1917.

“I know the very first year it opened in 1917, it was dur­ing the time of the flu that went through Kenora fol­low­ing the war and one of ear­li­est ser­vices ac­tu­ally couldn’t have any­body at it,” said Kennedy. “They were sup­posed to cele- brate ev­ery­one com­ing home from the war but ev­ery­body got the flu so there were no pub­lic gath­er­ings. The min­is­ter had a whole big ser­vice to cel­e­brate ev­ery­body com­ing home from the war and he was the only one in the build­ing.”

Dur­ing the open house peo­ple will be able to learn more about the in­fluenza epi­demic of 1917 in ad­di­tion to hear­ing many other sto­ries that weaved through the build­ing in the last 100 years.

There are 10 pic­turesque stained-glass win­dows in the church, all ded­i­cated in mem­ory of loved ones by area fam­i­lies.

Af­ter tak­ing a tour of the build­ing, ev­ery­one can head down­stairs at St. Al­ban’s for iced tea, snacks and some so­cial­iz­ing.

The St. Al­ban’s 100 com­mit­tee is cel­e­brat­ing its build­ing each month of 2017 with a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties.

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One of the 10 stained-glass win­dows in­side St. Al­ban's Cathe­dral on Main Street South. Stop by the open house Wed­nes­day, July 19 be­tween 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn about who they're ded­i­cated to.

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