A Baptist pastor ascended the pulpit Sunday at St. Clare’s Oratory in Colesburg.
Don Waters, who has attended the historic Catholic church since he was a child and grew up just down the street, said a Protestant preacher delivering a message at mass was a first for them. The Rev. Mark Judd, a retired pastor of Colesburg Baptist Church, preached at the annual feast of St. Clare’s Oratory of St. Clare of Assisi.
Waters said the two churches have always had a close relationship throughout history and Sunday’s collaboration was a way to celebrate it.
“We’ve always done things together but we haven’t shared ministries when it comes to…priests. We wanted to do this because it’s something that really makes us unique,” he said.
For example, Baptists attended the annual Catholic Picnic and Catholics attended the Baptist Vacation Bible School.
“I remember one of the Baptist preachers telling us that their Vacation Bible School couldn’t even exist without the Catholic children. … As children, we looked forward to this as much as we looked forward to our annual picnic,” he said. “It has always been a great relationship. and brother. Mark Judd was just wonderful. He’s just a great guy and we’re just happy to have him here today.
According to Waters, St. Clare in Colesburg is the oldest Catholic church in Hardin County and the fourth oldest in Kentucky. He said the church dates back to 1808, with the original building located a few miles up the road on a hill where the cemetery now stands.
It was moved to its current location in 1874 to be closer to the railway, he said, noting that they have been able to retain their original architecture over the years.
Sunday Mass can be viewed on the St. Clare Colesburg Families and Friends Facebook page.
Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1417 or [email protected]