Rejoice

Bonnie T.  Barry

Sunset, United States

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This photo of my childhood church, St. Charles Borromeo in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, brings to mind the verse from the Psalms that we often sing at Mass, “I rejoiced when I heard them say, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” This church was built in 1879 under the direction of Brother Cornelius Otten, S.J. (Society of Jesus) at the cost of about $15,000. The cypress lumber of which it is constructed was harvested nearby. It can house approximately 700 people. One of the unique features of this little country church is the double bell towers. About six years after the church’s construction, a generous lady by the name of Eleanor Millard donated a 2000 pound bell to the church. It was so massive the small belfry at the front of the church could not support it, so a second tower, the structure at the back of the church, had to be built to house it! Fittingly, the bell bears the name Eleanora in honor of Mrs. Millard.

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