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St. Dominic Parish
St. Anthony de Padua Church
Immaculate Conception Parish
Immaculate Conception Church
The Mass began with a welcome by Fr. David Lusson, pastor of St. Dominic Parish and Immaculate Conception Parish in Grantsburg.He noted that there were other causes to celebrate on that day.He was also celebrating the 24th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, and it was the 19th anniversary of the day Bishop Raphael M. Fliss succeeded Bishop George A. Hammes.Lusson also explained that a special plaque, or icon, had been made to commemorate the centennial.Fliss presided at the celebration Mass. Concelebrants were Lusson; Fr. Joel Cycenas, a Frederic native who is a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis; and two retired priests of the diocese, Fr. Virgil Heinen and Fr. James Dabruzzi.
Other Barron County parishes, Almena's Sacred Heart Parish, which was founded in 1892, and St. Ann in Turtle Lake, built in 1882, are served by Fr. David Lusson, the pastor of St. Anthony the Abbot, Cumberland.
Planning for the renovation and addition began over two years ago, when Fr. David Lusson, current pastor of the Cumberland, Almena and Turtle Lake cluster, was pastor at Immaculate Conception.
The current series of neighborhood Masses was started by Fr. David Lusson, cluster pastor from 1997 to 2004.
Fr. Lusson continued the tradition if the neighborhood Masses at his current cluster with the parishes in Cumberland, Almena and Turtle Lake. In the past, he has celebrated Mass at city parks in each community. The cluster has taken a break from their neighborhood Masses, but Fr. Lusson is considering trying them again.
When Fr. David Lusson received a bequest from the estate of Linda Weber one year ago, he wanted something that would both beautify the interior of St. Ann, and illustrate what kind of an impact a bequest can make.
Since the only evidence of the parishâ€™s patroness was a statue of St. Ann in an alcove, Fr. Lusson hit upon the idea of honoring the patroness in a mural behind the altar. Fr. Lusson, pastor of St. Ann and clustered parishes St. Anthony Abbot, Cumberland and Sacred Heart of Jesus, Almena, collaborated with Hile to create a new design for the interior and a mural of the parish patroness. In the process of remodeling the church interior, Hile and Fr. Lusson discovered two forgotten stained glass windows. Fr. Lusson says the redesign, which he described as â€œa big successâ€ among the parishioners, only cost $1500. â€œThose were very big visual effects for the money,â€ Fr. Lusson said. â€œI got the idea from looking at the pure, blank white wall behind the altar â€" maybe we could do something with the statue of Christ to highlight it,â€ Fr. Lusson said. Three years later after the work in Cumberland, Fr. Lusson hired Hile again to paint a mural in the baptistery of St. Anthony Abbot. When an unused wheelchair ramp was removed in 2007, Fr. Lusson hired Hile to restore damaged painting and extend the design in the now open space. â€œI would hesitate to say, â€˜If you want to renew and revitalize the congregation, paint the church,â€™â€ Fr. Lusson said, â€œbut it doesnâ€™t hurt.â€