A History of St. Paul Parish:
In 1858, the people of Wrightstown built a simple log church named "The Chapel of the Lone Pine", in Snyderville. The first Mass was said in 1860 in this church by Father Peifferl. As a result of a growing town and flourishing lumber mills Wrightstown began to become financially stable. In 1868 Father Verberk, who was attending to the Chapel of the Lone Pine, persuaded the people of Wrightstown to build a new church in Wrightstown. This way the Catholics living in Wrightstown would not have to travel 3 miles to Snyderville and it also solved the problem of the church being over crowded. That same year a new church was built close to the bridge in Wrightstown. Within 3 years a pastor was appointed to the church and the Chapel of the Lone Pine became it's mission. Because of poor economic conditions, the first few years were hard on the new parish and the pastor was forced to withdraw and give up the pastors private residence. in 1876, Father De Wilt became the pastor in Wrightstown. He used his own funds and contributions from some of his friends to build a new rectory for the parish. Within 2 years he was able to remove all financial debt from the parish. By 1883, the number of families belonging to the parish had reached 130. The members of the mission in Snyderville decided to join their neighbors in Wrightstown and form a single parish. It was decided that a new church would be built in Wrightstown. In 1908, while Father Francis Vande Casteele was the pastor, the church needed to be rebuilt because of continuing growth. The old church was torn down. In 1910 the cornerstone of the new church was laid. In 1929, the clock was added. On October 25, 1955 a fire started in the church that caused a significant amount of damage. Father Broeman, the pastor at that time, had to inform the parish that their beautiful church that existed for the past forty years had to undergo its first major transformation. By Christmas of 1956, the church reopened with a new look. In 1968, the front steps of the church were enclosed because of winter weather conditions. The church was completely repainted in 1980 and a carving of the Risen Christ replaced a painting of St. Paul. In the late 1990's the floor and pews were redone and the statues and stations of the cross were given a new coat of paint.
St. Paul Parish merged with St. Mary, Greenleaf, and St. Patrick, Askeaton on July 1, 2009 to become the present St. Clare Parish.
"I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of thy house; and the place where thy glory dwells."
- Psalm 26: 8
Old High Altar
"SANCTUS SANCTUS SANCTUS"
The Risen Christ
Ceiling above the Sanctuary, showing Christ in the middle as the "Alpha and Omega," with the four evangelists surrounding him
Crucifix on the Credence Table
Holy Oils (They are no longer kept here, though)
Baptismal Font & Easter Candle St. Anthony of Padua
Blessed Mother Altar
Image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help with votive candles
What's left of the Communion Rail, now used as a kneel er, showing the vine and wheat with Christ in the center
Third and Fourth Stations of the Cross
Angel Holy Water Font
The Beheading of St. Paul
~ 2 Timothy 4: 7-8
The Agony in the Garden
Choir Loft & Organ
(The stained glass above the doors show God appearing to Moses in the Burning Bush. It reads on the Bottom, "PUT OFF THY SHOES FROM THY FEET, FOR THE PLACE WHERE THOU STANDS IS HOLY GROUND." I took a picture of it, but I decided I would do everyone a favor if I didn't put it on here)
Organ Pipes & St. Cecilia
View from the Choir Loft
Parish Website: st.clareagw.org
Pictures of the Stained Glass Windows
Please Pray for the upkeep of this church.
St. Paul, ora pro nobis.