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FAGE I0 THE OBSERVER N m FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 1961 TO BE DEDICATED SUNDAY -- This recently completedI church-school combination at St. Thomas More parish, Elgin, I will be dedicated Sunday April 30, at 4 p.m. by the Most Rev. [ Loras T. Lane. The building, a contemporary structure of brick and cement block construction, is situated on a 15-acre tract of land and contains four classrooms, principal's office, faculty lounge and gymnasium, which will serve temporarily as the church. It also contains a parish hail which may be converted into four classrooms. Classes in the new structure began Sept. 12, 1960. INTERIOR OF CHURCH--This picture shows the clean, simple lines of the contemporary style temporary church at St. Thomas More parish, Elgin. This part of the recently completed struc- ture will eventually be used for a gymnasium. The entire building was begun in the fall of 1959 shortly after the parish was established and The Rev. Walter C. Roberts ap- pointed its first pastor. The new parish was formed by divid- ing St. Laurence parish to give more adequate church and school facilities for the city. The first Mass in the new church was offered Sept. 4, 1960. GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY--The Rev. Walter C. Roberts, new pastor of St. Thomas More parish, Elgin, is shown with a group of his parishioners during groundbreaking cere- monies for the new church and school in September of 1959. Almost ilnmediately crews began the big task of building the combination structure. Patron of the church is the courageous English layman martyred under Henry VIII. The Rev. Walter C. Roberts NEARING COMPLETION--Not too very long ago this is how the new church and School at St. Thomas More parish in Elgin looked as workmen labored to finish the contemporary structure of brick and concrete block. At this stage of construction parishioners were attending Mass at the West Side Elementary school with the permission of the Elgin school board. OUTLINE OF A CHURCH--This laminated wood skeleton ris- ing from the snow during the winter~ of 1959-1960 gave only a rough idea of what the new church-gymnasium at St. Thomas More was too look like, but it was the start of a new parish. Bishop Lane established the new parish "for the greater good of souls" in the area since the facilities of St. Laurence parish "were taxed well beyond their ability." CONGRATULATIONS . . . ]tom /'G Elgm s Famtly Savmgs Center For Nearly 80 Years 16 N. SPRING ST. PHONE 742.3800 ELGIN, ILL. Congratulations to St. Thomas More Parish on the Dedication, and Establishment of Your Fine, New St. Thomas More Church and School . . . UNIONNATIONAL BANK and TRUST CO. of ELGIN 1 So. Grove Ave. SH 2-1850 Elgin, Ill. MEMBER F.D.I.C. CONGRATULATIONS Priest Sisters Parishioners on your New St. Thomas More Church and School HANS AND SONS, INC. Plumbing--Heating Septic Systems State Route No. 31 South Elgin, Ill. Phone 695.1414 HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS ro m ROSENOW ROOFING CO. To The Priest, Sisters and Parishioners on Your Fine, New St. Thomas More Church I Warmest P .~ t l t~ From onts ra ma .ons . FIR3T F DEI AL 3AVING3 HIGHtAND end GROVE You~ Fomi|lf Soviagt Co~ne .i . To the Priest. Nuns and Parlshmners on Your New St. Thomas More Church HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS To The and School PRIEST-- SISTERS --- PARISHIONERS Congratulations From John and George Bero on Your New ST. THOMAS MORE CHURCH and SCHOOL Flora F. J. BERO AND COMPANY. INC. Heating, Plumbing and Power Plant Piping 323 S. COMMONWEALTH AVE. ELGIN SH 1-6140 ~ ::~-~'; WM. H. BRADY CO. Building Materials 7 So. State St. Elgin, Ill. SH 1-8343 CONGRATULATIONS To the Priest Nuns and Parishioners of St. Thomas More Glass and Glazing by HAMILTON GLASS CO. 2750 W. Grand Ave. Chicago, Ill. Congratulations From Allen Fine Craftsmanship Ceramic Tile ALLEN TILING CO. 3232 N. Elston Ave. Chicago GRECO MFG. would like to extend their congratulations to the Parishioners of the St. Thomas More Parish on the completion of their beautiful school and Church and their compli- ments to Father Roberts and the Sisters whose wisdom and taste in the administration of this key Parish project will benefit and inspire the families served for years to come. Emil Greco GRECO MFG. Designers--Fabricators, 'and Importers o~ Outstanding Ecclesiastical Furnishing OLD SUBJECTS, NEW SURROUNDINGS--Under the alert eye of a Dominican Sister from Springfield students at St. Thomas More parish ih Elgin buckle down to the time-tested subjects of reading, 'riting and 'rithmetie but in the new surroundings of the recently completed church-school. The new building is located on a 15-acre tract .of land on Highland ave. The building is to be dedicated Sunday by Bishop Lane. CONGRATULATIONS From WEGMANN BROTHERS SH 2.2551 Electrical Contractors Elgin, Ill. 496 Laurel St. Congratulations From ! THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF ELGIN 6-8 So. Grove Avenue Elgim Illinois MEMBER F.D.I.C. TO THE PRIEST . . NUNS . . PARISHIONERS OF ST. THOMAS MORE PARISH Hearty Congratulations EDWARD SCHNEIDER Sand-- Gravel -- Black Dirt Excavating-- Grading R.F.D. 3, BOX 72 ELGIN, ILL. SH 1-6340 CONGRATULATIONS From Your Friends at ~t OFFICE AND PLANT: St. Charles St. Road (Route 25--South of Elgin) PHONE SH 1-7870 ELGIN, ILL.