Church Of Our Lady Of The Purification

Laborie
Church Of Our Lady Of The Purification
The church was built on the site of the present church, the walls of which were in fact erected around it. It had only one nave with a semi-circular sanctuary. As background to the main altar there was a painting of the presentation of our lady. The main sanctuary was floored with marble tiles. The marble altars found in the present church came from the old church. There was fine pulpit on the gospel side. As many as 83 benches found room in the nave and chapels; the seating accommodation was for over 350 persons.
Laborie Church St.Lucia
Baron de Laborie's church had become very much too small and its roof was giving much trouble though it had been covered with new shingles in 1896. As from 1903 funds began to be collected for a new church. The new church was to be built around the old church with a space of 2'6'' between the old walls and the pillars. On the April 11, 1907, the corner-stone was blessed solemnly by father Tapon, in the presence of eleven F.M.I. Fathers and many parishioners. the work lasted seven years. Every Saturday there was a ''coup-de-main'' to convey stones and other materials to the church site; food and rum were given to those who gave free help. the inside measurements of the new church are 106 ft. by 66 ft. The inside pillars, arches and clerestory were built in the course of 1910 and 1911. The walls of the of church were demolished in 1911 and the roof of the new church was built. On April 24, 1912, Archbishop Dowling was received into the new church though the pavement, doors and windows had not yet been made. On February 4, 1914, the church was blessed.