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96 bell rings for renovated Sacred Heart

Ronald Raab, pastor of Sacred Heart Church, leads parishioners in a Blessing and Unlocking of the Doors ceremony outside the entrance as part of the dedication of the restored facility in May
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       The historic Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Colorado Avenue and 21st Street unveiled its renovation/ restoration at a dedication ceremony in late May.
       The roughly $2.5 million project upgraded most of the 96-year-old structure's interior and restuccoed/repainted its exterior.
       Other improvements included new stucco and paint exterior work on the neighboring rectory, the transformation of the former narrow alley just north of the church into a walkway, the addition of metal fencing in front of the rectory, a repaired driveway into the parking lot off Colorado Avenue and greater handicapped accessibility to the buildings.
       At the dedication in May, the church's bell tolled 96 times - one for every year that Sacred Heart has been at that location - and then the pastor led everyone in a Litany of Blessing and Unlocking the New Doors, which featured the repeated refrain, “Open our hearts, oh God.”

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