History of St. Albert the Great School and Parish

                                                                                                                     

The original church and school was located at 5325 N Illinois St (Illinois 159). The first floor originally held all 8 grades. The church was held upstairs in the loft. The altar was from Bishop Zuroweste.

The Precious Blood nuns from Ruma provided the nuns. The first/second grade with Sr. Mary Constance was immediately to the right as you walked in. Sr. Lorene held classes for 5-8th grades to the left. The third and fourth grade with Sr. Luke was toward the back. In 1953 an addition was added on to the back where the second and third grades held classes. The second grade teacher at that time was Sr. Beatrice. In the third grade we had Mrs. Fisher. In the fourth grade we had Sr. Mary Arthur, but that was the year we moved to our new school. Excerpt from 20th year directory:

 

                                                            

 

                                                                                        But now it is a VFW Hall 8677. Here is a page from Eric Marxer:

 

                                                                                                            

 

                ST. ALBERT THE GREAT CHURCH

            

Erected in 1967

From old Internet pages Pictures courtesy of Amy Kinsella

 

Emphasis throughout is on the new life conferred on us by the resurrection of Christ. The baptismal font is a rough 7500 pound chunk of Grecian marble. The majority of it is purposely left unpolished to show nature in the raw - the fallen nature of unbaptized man.  A portion of the top has been polished to show the new creature which emerges after baptism in the font of living water promised by Christ.  A living vine growing behind the font reminds the people of their incorporation into Christ ("I am the vine").

                                                                                                                                                      

The holy water fonts are placed at each entrance to remind us of the cleansing of our baptism. We bless ourselves with the holy water as a reminder that we are to live in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The symbol of a fish is on the door of each entrance because of its ancient symbol for Christ as savior. The Greek word for fish (ichthus) or the symbol of a fish was used at the time of the persecution of Christians to mark an entrance where Christians could gather safely.

                                                                                                                                                 

The baldachino (light fixture above the altar) is the glorious crown of Christ the King as he reigns in heaven today. The small lights above make a complete circle when all overhead lights are on. The three circles beneath the crown is a symbol of the Triune God.

                                                                                                                                               

Suffering humanity is represented by 100 crosses of all shapes and sizes. These are interlaced with barbed wire to represent the suffering in ghettos and concentration camps.

                                                                                                                                                              

Behind the altar is a twelve foot figure of Christ, our brother. He is not someone who lived and died 2000 years ago. He is living today - therefore, the crew cut and beard. His extended arms tell us to be patient. He continues to come to us in His word, thus the open Bible to the right of the figure. The Eucharist is symbolized by the burning bush surrounded by six candles representing the other sacraments.

 

                                                                                                                                              

The stained glass window was designed by Sr. M. Theresa A.S.C.  In it is shown St. Albert, the Bishop, preaching to the people of God. He was a learned theologian hence the dove representing the Holy Spirit his divine inspiration. Beneath this is the open Bible. He is the patron of the natural sciences; therefore, a space satellite is included as well as a study of the rocks, hills, and mountains. The knowledge gained from natural science is shown as it applies in industry - the gears, cogs, and flames of the blast furnace. Nuclear fission is shown by the atom and molecule. St. Albert's was the first new parish created by Bishop Albert Zuroweste, hence the coat of arms.