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Projects make church handicap-accessible

WALLACE (SNR) – A new handicap-accessible ramp was recently completed at St. Mary Parish in Wallace.

The ramp was part of a large-scale project to make the church handicap accessible for the first time since the church was built in 1959.

The ramp is 8 feet wide, which allows caskets to be brought from the parking lot into the church for funerals, without having to carry them up and down any steps. All the new cement walkways are heated to keep them dry during the winter.

The Michael and Teri Sullivan family donated a new outdoor statue of Mary in memory of John Sullivan, and decorated the surrounding area with rock, a paved walkway and a prayer bench.  

Inside the building, an electronic stairlift was installed to help take people from the main floor to the church basement. 

Pastor Father Thomas Bush said the entire project, which has taken a year’s time, is nearly complete. It also includes three-quarters of a new parking lot, the removal of exterior steps to a raised door on the north side of the church, and moving the north door to the parking lot level. 

St. Mary Parish in Wallace, in Lincoln County, serves 25 families. The parish, established in 1902, is a mission to Mother of Sorrows Parish in Grant.

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