Repairing the Musical Liturgy
In Johnsburg, Ill., a church by the name of St. John the Baptist sits atop a hill. What appears to be a dead end is met by the welcoming sight of one of the first Catholic parishes in Illinois.
In the spring of 2016, St. John 96, Johnsburg, Ill., decided to host its annual Parish Matching Funds corned beef and cabbage dinner, which rose from humble beginnings during the 1800s.
“We have a very beautiful, old organ that needs to be tuned, and some of its keys need to be replaced,” Business Manager Kasia Placek said. “We set up a fund in June of 2016 to start the process.”
St. John the Baptist estimates the total cost of the repairs will be between $50,000 and $100,000.
“It’s a big job,” Kasia said, referring to the organ repairs. “It’s a very large organ and is very old.”
Thanks to St. John 96, St. John the Baptist received $2,000 from the corned beef and cabbage dinner, and another $1,500 from the High Court, as it was a sponsored event. This brought the grand total of $3,500 home to St. John the Baptist toward its repair fund.
“We’re hoping our community will continue to step up, just as they always have,” Kasia said.
St. John the Baptist is planning to have the organ completely repaired by the summer of 2018. St. John 96, also partnered with St. John the Baptist School for their annual “40 Days, 40 Cans” program during Lent. St. John 96 encouraged the community to bring canned goods to support the students in their efforts at the Matching Funds dinner.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg, Ill.
Article by Alyssa Strickland.