By Carson Coffield
The Caledonia Argus
The almost century year old St. Peter’s Church in Hokah, Minnesota completed a nearly $240,000 renovation project that had closed the church down since early February.
“We held our services in the school gymnasium while the church was being remodeled,” Victoria Ott, a member of the renovation committee said. “We had our first service in the newly renovated church on May 28, and it was definitely worth the wait.”
“The look on everyone’s face in the congregation was absolutely priceless,” Rachel Fishel, who is the principal and also the 7th and 8th grade teacher at St. Peter’s School said. “Some of the members even got a little emotional which just goes to show how much they care about our church.”
The renovation affected almost every part of the church which included: fixing severely cracked plaster on the walls, putting in new pews which now makes it more wheelchair accessible, taking out tile and replacing it with more wood flooring, touching up the beautiful murals, repainting the intricate ceiling, fixing one of the original 22 stained glass windows in the church and many more improvements as well.
Even though they have completed almost everything on their original agenda, Ott says they have more remodeling ahead of them.
“We are currently waiting for a statue of Peter to come in from Italy which was made possible by the fundraising efforts of the students at St. Peter’s School,” Ott said. “There are also two large columns in the sanctuary that will be marbleized sometime soon.”
“We are also planning on repainting the women’s room in the back of church,” Ott said. “The plan is to also repair the rest of the large stained glass windows when funds are available.”
Ott and Fishel could not thank the businesses and volunteers enough for their efforts which made all of this possible.
If you would like to stop in and see what the newly renovated St. Peter’s Church looks like, you can attend their Mass on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 8:25 a.m. conducted by Fr. Pratap Salibindla.