Our parish was founded in the late 1800s by German immigrants who settled in this area and wanted to establish a Catholic community.
In 1912 they built the small rock church-now the chapel on the current site. It was dedicated by Fr. Virgilius Draessel. who served as pastor here for 35 years. He is also buried in the center aisle in front of the altar in the chapel. All the furnishings were handmade by the German settlers and it remained this way until 1960, when it was remodeled with new pews, paint, flooring and a choir loft. There were Three Beautiful Altars much like those you see in the "Painted Churches" in the chapel at that time.
After the three altars were removed in 1967 due to a misunderstanding, the present altar was installed. There is no accurate record to tell us what actually happened to these altars. All we have are pictures, and for some of you, memories of these beautiful altars.
I am here to inform you that a committee has been formed and we are working on replacing the 3 altars with exact replicas of those originally built by the German settlers. The funds for this project will be coming from benefactors who support this endeavor. No funds will be taken from weekend Mass donations or monies used off current debt.
If you feel that returning the chapel to its pre-1967 interior is a worthy endeavor and would like more information, please contact Sam Haines at (home)830-438-4049 (cell)210-413-1474 or firstname.lastname@example.org