BIG SPRING — To commemorate the arrival of the Catholic faith to the Big Spring area 125 years ago, Bishop Michael Pfeifer will join Catholics from Big Spring’s four area churches this Sunday, Aug. 26 for a Mass celebrating the significant occasion. Pfeifer will preside over a 10 a.m. Mass at the Big Spring High School Auditorium. Parishioners from Big Spring’s St. Thomas, Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart churches as well as St. Joseph in Coahoma have worked together in the planning of the anniversary.
“A group of Carmelite missionaries settled in Stanton shortly before this date 125 years ago and began going out by train to the nearby towns on the railroads, and the reason we have chosen this date is because we offer as evidence that on this date in the Stanton record book, is the recording of a baptism that took place in Big Spring, and for us to baptize makes the church,” said Fr. James Plagens, of Sacred Heart and St. Thomas, who along with Fr. Richard Regan have coordinated much of the planning of the event. “Celebrating this anniversary is a significant step in the efforts of these four churches to come together and be one Catholic faith community for the Big spring area.”
A number of non-Catholic leaders have also been invited to the celebration, though organizers fully realize many will be in worship services at their own churches during that day and time.
“Recognizing that others will be in their own churches, we respectfully ask the prayers of people from other faiths on this special day,” Plagens said.