Bidding farewell on a feast day
Pat Shea, right, carries a cross from the west campus church of St. Thomas More in St. Paul (formerly known as Immaculate Heart of Mary) during a procession to the east campus (formerly known as St. Luke) June 10 on the feast day of Corpus Christi. The final Mass at the west campus was celebrated the day before, followed by all-night eucharistic adoration, morning prayer, and the procession at 8:30 a.m. "It was very touching, very nice," said Shea, who joined Immaculate Heart of Mary when it was formed in 1949. "It's been a wonderful, wonderful church." People from both campuses participated in the procession, carrying sacred objects from the west campus, including icons, Stations of the Cross, lectionaries and a tapestry sewn by a parishioner. The items will be stored there and eventually incorporated into the worship space. Jesuit Father Joseph Weiss, pastor of St. Luke, carried a monstrance during the procession. Several times during the walk down Summit Avenue, the group stopped to say prayers in front of churches belonging to other faith communities. "It was so peaceful," Father Weiss said. "And, I loved stopping and praying."Arline Datu, right, prays while holding a lectionary from St. Thomas More east campus during a stop for prayer in front of Mt. Zion Temple, along with Michaelene Zawistowski, second from right. Datu is chair of the pastoral council, and noted that the farewell took place over three weekends, culminating in the procession. "There was some sadness," Datu said. "But, we did this together. I think we have a solid core of people who will continue to be St. Thomas More community. And, I think we've got a strong foundation to build on." St. Thomas More still owns the west campus building and will continue to lease space to a St. Paul public charter school.