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February 3 - 16, 2013

St. Raphael’s: recycling parts of closed churches

Fr. John A. Jamnicky, pastor of St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in Antioch breaks ground in June of 2010 with Auxiliary Bishop George Rassas, Vicar for Vicariate I, near the intersection of Route 45 and Kelly Road in the Village of Old Mill Creek, the site of the new church. The new permanent church will have a capacity at this time for 900, and include two steeples that are 115 feet tall. Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

The exterior of the original church; St. John of God, 1234 W. 51st Place in Chicago is being dismantled piece by piece in August of 2010 and will be re-assembled as the new facade of St. Raphael the Archangel in Lake County.Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

Workers disassemble St. John of God Church, 1234 W. 51st Place in Chicago in Sept 2010. Parts of the church will be restored and be a part of the new St. Raphael Church in Lake County. Cardinal George will preside during ceremonies to bless and lay the cornerstone of the new church for St. Raphael the Archangel Parish, which will be located at Hwy 45 South near Kelly Road in the Village of Old Mill Creek. Since the summer of 2007, Mass has been celebrated in a renovated barn in Antioch, and an adjacent farmhouse is being used as the parish offices, meeting space and the rectory. The new church will be located on a nearby 40-acre parcel owned by the Archdiocese. St. Raphael the Archangel Parish is the newest parish in the Archdiocese since 1999 when St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr was established in Tinley Park. Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

Visitors tour the new St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church in Old Mill Creek during a celebration for the completion of Phase I construction of their new church on Jan. 27. The celebration featured a tour of the church, music, and exhibits of the unique architectural features that are planned for Phase II. These features included: the restoration of the historic 1915 Austin organ from Medinah Temple, installation of antique museum quality Tyrolean stained-glass windows, new art glass light fixtures from Savoy Studios in Portland and 11,000 lbs of reclaimed bells that will be housed in the church's 140 foot towers.Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

Exterior view of St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church in Old Mill Creek at the completion of Phase I construction of their new church.Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

Randy Bernhardt talks with fellow parishioners Beverly and Brad Brenna near a sign explaining the bells that will be coming from St. Simeon Church in Bellwood and the now-closed John of God in Chicago. Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

The stations of the cross are from Blessed Sacrament Church.Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

Marie Huml talks with visitors over some of the lighting fixtures from closed churches that will be used to illuminate the new St. Raphael Church. Karen Callaway / Catholic New World

By Joyce Duriga

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Photos by Karen Callaway

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