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April 13, 2014 Issue

Father David Whiteside, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Manito, stands close to the church as it is razed April 5. Parishioners have raised $1.45 million toward a new church and parish hall.

The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems

Immaculate Conception, Manito makes way for a new church

MANITO -- It took just 23 minutes for Immaculate Conception Church here to be reduced to rubble last Saturday and a dream of more than 30 years to become a reality for the parish’s 95 families.

With the 42-year-old structure gone, construction can begin on a new church that is not only beautiful but “worthy of our faith,” said Joan Mattson, as she watched the large John Deere excavator breaking the building’s walls and wooden beams into smaller pieces for removal later in the week.

If all goes well, they should be able to move into the new Immaculate Conception Church in eight months to a year, according to Father David Whiteside, pastor.

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