Sixty years ago today on Sunday, June 30, 1963, St. Peter Parish held the dedication of its new home on Oberlin Avenue in Lorain on the growing West Side. Above is the two-page spread that ran in the Journal on the eve of the celebration.
Even though I'm not Catholic, it would have been impossible for me to grow up in the West Side of Lorain and not be impressed by the beauty and size of the St. Peter campus. It seemed to dominate the Oberlin Avenue streetscape, especially since I saw it every time I pulled out onto Oberlin Avenue from W. 35th Street. Many, if not most, of my Catholic classmates at Masson attended St. Peter's as well.
One of the girls that I was interested in during high school worked there in the office. I remember riding my bike to an entrance behind the church to visit her, where there was a beautiful grotto fountain. I think it impressed me, since I was used to the more spartan surroundings of the church we had been attending. I later went to a few christenings at St Peter's over the years.
Anyway, a hearty congratulations to St. Peter Parish on the anniversary of its dedication.