Note Immaculate Conception feast at Lonsdale church

| December 1, 2010 | 1 Comment

Those wishing to experience the feast of the Immaculate Conception may want to check out the parish by that name in Lonsdale.

On display in the sanctuary is a painting that depicts the parents of Mary — Sts. Anne and Joachim. The idea was conceived by the pastor of Immaculate Conception, Father Troy Przybilla, and put to canvas by his classmate at the St. Paul Semi­nary, Eric Menzhuber.

“I was praying in the church and the image kept coming back to me,” Father Przybilla said. “I couldn’t find an image of that. . . . There’s always the image of Mary, but never of St. Anne and St. Joachim.”

The painting was finished a year ago and dedicated on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, 2009.

“What I wanted him [Menzhuber] to convey when he painted it is hope,” Father Przybilla said, adding that a prayer card with the image also was created. “I wanted there to be a sense of hope. St. Anne is the patron saint of barren couples who cannot conceive a child.

“I was just told recently that there was a couple that has been trying to have a child for a long time. They couldn’t conceive. And, the woman who donated the money [for the painting] gave them this prayer card to pray. And, they’re pregnant with twins right now.”

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