A sign on the front door directs parishioners to attend services at the Blossom Street site for St. Catherine of Siena.
A sign on the front door directs parishioners to attend services at the Blossom Street site for St. Catherine of Siena.

   For 111 years, local Catholics have visited the corner of St. Wenceslaus and East Fond du Lac streets in service to their faith.

   But they won’t for much longer.

   At Sunday’s mass, the Rev. Bob Fictum announced that St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church aims to sell and decommission the 111-year-old building.

   The decision was made after it became apparent the aging structure had overwhelming repair needs, and after being essentially unused for the past year due to those problems.

   But that didn’t make the decision easy.

   “It’s like selling the family home,” Fictum said. “And I think it has a lot of emotions [attached] and people have had significant events in their life within those walls.”

Read the full story in the Aug. 2, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.