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ABOUT FR. WHITMAN

 

Fr. David Whitman was born in Lebanon, Pa.  He attended public high school and graduated in 1986. He is also an alumnus of Penn State University, from where he graduated in 1990.  Fr. Dave move to SC in 1994 and worked for Colonial Life and Accident Insurance Co. for six years.  He became a seminarian for the Diocese of Charleston in 2000 and attended St. Mary’s Seminary and University.  He was ordained in 2005 and served as a Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Columbia for 2 years.  He has also served as Pastoral Administrator of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Summerton, Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Manning and St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Santee until being assigned as pastor at Our Lady of the Hills in August of 2010.   Fr. Dave’s brother lives in Gaffney, SC, and his mother resides in Spartanburg.  He is the proud uncle to 3 nephews and a niece.  In addition, he enjoys reading and relaxing with good friends.

 

 

ST. PAUL PARISH HISTORY

 

St Paul the Apostle parish is part of the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina. The Catholic presence in our state goes back over 200 years. The first canonical parish in the state was St. Mary's in Charleston, founded in 1787. At that time, all thirteen colonies comprised the Diocese of Baltimore under the jurisdiction of Bishop John Carroll. By 1820, the Catholic population in the South had increased. The states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia were separated from the Diocese of Baltimore and the Diocese of Charleston was formed. Its first bishop, John England, had only six priests to help him attend to the needs of Catholics living in these three states.

 

The first Catholics moved into the Upstate around 1850. At that time, Spartanburg was part of a large mission territory that was served from St. Peter's in Columbia. In 1882, Rev. John J. Monaghan was appointed pastor of St. Mary's in Greenville. He quickly raised the money to build St. Paul's Church and the cornerstone was laid October 14, 1883. It can still be seen at the southwest corner of the building. The building was enlarged in 1937 to include a new sanctuary and additional seating. Of note are the stained glass windows depicting six of the seven sacraments and the handsome marble altar imported from Italy, representing Holy Eucharist.

 

St. Paul the Apostle historic church

St Paul the Apostle parish is part of the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina. The Catholic presence in our state goes back over 200 years. The first canonical parish in the state was St. Mary's in Charleston, founded in 1787. At that time, all thirteen colonies comprised the Diocese of Baltimore under the jurisdiction of Bishop John Carroll. By 1820, the Catholic population in the South had increased. The states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia were separated from the Diocese of Baltimore and the Diocese of Charleston was formed. Its first bishop, John England, had only six priests to help him attend to the needs of Catholics living in these three states.

 

The first Catholics moved into the Upstate around 1850. At that time, Spartanburg was part of a large mission territory that was served from St. Peter's in Columbia. In 1882, Rev. John J. Monaghan was appointed pastor of St. Mary's in Greenville. He quickly raised the money to build St. Paul's Church and the cornerstone was laid October 14, 1883. It can still be seen at the southwest corner of the building. The building was enlarged in 1937 to include a new sanctuary and additional seating. Of note are the stained glass windows depicting six of the seven sacraments and the handsome marble altar imported from Italy, representing Holy Eucharist.

 

Sources:

  • The Diocese of Charleston

  • St. Paul the Apostle Church—A Profile of Catholic Development by Tina Haddox, 1978.

 

 

 

NEW CHURCH DEDICATION

St. Paul's Facts and Figures

 

◆ The church cost about $9.6 million dollars to construct; 85 percent of the money was raised by church parishioners.

 

◆ The sanctuary is 63 feet tall and seats 820 people. The old sanctuary seated 330.

 

◆ Only three items were moved from the old church into the new sanctuary: The crucifix behind the altar was moved from the old gymnasium, and the Tabernacle and statues of Mary were moved from the old sanctuary.

 

◆ The wood on the end of the pews is about 140 years old. It was salvaged from a church in Massachusetts and refurbished.

 

◆ The church is generational, which means the church is built with expansion in mind. The side walls can be moved out about 25 feet to create more seating if need be.

 

◆ The building project was the first project to be reviewed under Spartanburg's new Urban Code, which requires that buildings downtown maintain a certain appearance.

 

◆ A nearly 20-foot metal cross, which hasn't arrived yet, will soon appear atop the sanctuary.

 

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church dedicates new 12,000-square-foot sanctuary

 

By DUSTIN WYATT
dustin.wyatt@shj.com

 

Published: Monday, December 9, 2013 at 3:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 12:08 a.m.
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Helen Elston couldn't help but smile when she stepped inside the new sanctuary for the first time. “It's fabulous,” said the parishioner of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, her eyes wide with excitement. “It's beautiful.”

 

After nearly 20 years of planning and a year and a half of construction, the new sanctuary at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, which faces East Main Street and rises 63 feet toward the sky, is ready for use.

 

The church dedicated its new 12,000-square-foot worship space Monday night, and while the new sanctuary seats 820 people, there weren't nearly enough seats to house the crowd that gathered for the service. Some sat in folding chairs in the open entranceway, or narthex, as it is called in the Catholic Church. Others stood in the back of the sanctuary.

 

“Honestly, I'm almost overwhelmed. I'm speechless,” said Catherine Welchel, a parishioner who also served on the building committee. “To be able to build a sanctuary like this to worship our lord in is awesome.”

 

A sturdy, permanent architectural feature called a Baldacchino rises toward the ceiling on the stage over the high altar. It is made out of wood, marble, concrete and steel.

 

Unlike the old sanctuary, the new one has no stained glass windows, which was intended to “save money,” said building project manager Joe Lauer, who also helped build the Chapman Cultural Center, the George Johnson School of business downtown and the Thomas E. Hannah YMCA.

 

Of all the projects, “this was my favorite,” he said. “It's my home church.”

The church congregation has been celebrating Mass in its gymnasium since 1994, not the historic 100-year-old, 250-seat church facing Dean Street.

Parishioners will celebrate their first Mass in the new church Sunday.

 

“We are very, very excited,” said Carolyn Bridgeman, who has been attending the church for 49 years. “This is going to be a holy event for all us because we are not used to actually worshipping in a sanctuary.”

During the dedication, which consisted of hymns and prayer, the Rev. Robert E. Guglielmone, bishop of the Diocese of Charleston, walked through the aisles and blessed the building with holy water.

 

“May God, the Father of mercies, dwell in this house of prayer,” Guglielmone said after he distributed the holy water. “May the Grace of the Holy Spirit cleanse us, for we are the temple of his presence. Through Christ our Lord.”

The congregation said “Amen,” and the word echoed throughout the open room, where high arches and columns with intricately designed capitals line both side walls.

 

THE STAINED GLASS OF THE HISTORIC CHURCH OF ST. PAUL
THE APOSTLE

By Tom Floyd

 

 

The Stained Glass of the Historic Church of St. Paul the Apostle

In the 1940’s Mgr. Baum, then Fr. Baum, was assigned to St. Paul the Apostle as their Pastor. Mgr. Baum felt that the stained glass windows in the main part of the Church did not reflect the beauty of the Church, so he started a capital campaign to raise enough money to install suitable windows. He was guided in this endeavor by a Fr. Michael (I do not know his last name.) from Belmont Abbey. 

 

Fr. Michael recommended the Hiemer & Company Glass Studio of Clifton, NJ as the Stained Glass fabricator because of one of their artist, Mr. Jacob Renner. Mr. Renner was trained in Munich, Germany and was very adept in the quasi-Byzantine or medieval art form, which was desired.

In the early 1950’s the glass that you see now was installed, with the exception of the 6 clerestory windows above the Altar, which were the original glass.  These 6 clerestory windows plus the Altar represent the Seven Sacraments of the Church. The two alcoves contain Rose type windows, with the south window dedicated to Christ and the north widow dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Rose windows are like a story book which relates the events in one’s life, with the center depicted the individual.

 

The remainders of the windows are depicting the twelve Apostles, with the exception of the two windows over the side doors dedicated to The Sacred Heart, south, and The Blessed Virgin, north. Plus the two small windows in the either side of the rear entrance, one can be seen in the Confessional containing the Holy Spirit as a Dove, and the Lamb of God standing on the Book with seven seals. The opposite side window is the Hand of God and the Cross. And the large window above the entrance door, this was Mgr. Baum’s favourite window. It depicted the altar St. Paul saw when he was in Greece, it was dedicated to the unknown god (Acts 17:23)

 

Mr. Renner created a major event in the Apostles lives, either their calling to become an Apostle or their Martyrdom in the large part of the window and one of their symbols in the louvered window below.

A person could sit in Church reading either The Book of Acts or the History of the Early Church, and glance at a window, it would either expand the story or footnote it for them. Either way a very lasting impression would be made. This is exactly what Stained Glass is supposed to do Remind the viewer of a story or event. i.e. in St. Bartholomew’s window, he is shown with a skinning knife, as he was martyred by being skinned alive. Michelangelo in his great painting of The Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel has St. Bartholomew holding his skin. Legend has it that the face of the skin is a self portrait of Michelangelo.