Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

These Walls: Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Okarche, Oklahoma

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

These Walls: Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Okarche, Oklahoma

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Holy Trinity Catholic Church stands as a testament of faith of the early German settlers who built the Bavarian-style church on the prairie here more than 100 years ago.

The roots of the parish, which currently has about 380 families, go back in the Okarche area before statehood. By 1882, a priest known only as Father Beck was saying Mass to a group of about 20 farm families in the Okarche area. The first Holy Trinity Church, a modest wooden structure, was erected in 1893, according to the church's official history. Bishop Theophile Meerschaert, the first Roman Catholic bishop of Oklahoma, dedicated the church under the name Holy Trinity in April of 1894.

A man named William Knecht donated 5 acres of land to the parish for a cemetery in 1895. The cornerstone for a brick church building at 211 W. Missouri was laid in July 1903. Parishioners gathered for the first Mass there on Oct. 1, 1903. At the time, it took $25,000 to construct the church. The altar of the Gothic-style church was imported from Bavaria. …

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