Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Doors of Faith: Holy Angels Church in Sandusky, Ohio
Many of my Cross and Larkins ancestors worshiped in Sandusky, Ohio at Holy Angels Catholic Church. Charles Cross, my fourth great grandfather, was Sandusky's first Catholic Mayor. He and his wife and children all attended church at Holy Angels. My great great granduncle, Nicholas Charles Cross, became Brother Sulpicious with the Xaverian Brothers. He taught religion at Catholic schools in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, and Massachusetts. His earliest religious training was in Sandusky, Ohio at Holy Angels Church. Below is a baptism record of Nicholas Charles Cross, sometimes known as Charles Nicholas Cross, from Holy Angels.
In 1844, both my Irish ancestor Daniel Larkins, and my English born ancestor Charles Cross, signed a resolution which was published in the newspaper, that the "Sons of the Emerald Isle" resolved to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on temperance principles, without any intoxicating beverages. They participated in a temperance parade and a banquet, with the proceeds from the banquet to go to Holy Angels Church.
Many more members of my extended family attended Holy Angels Church, which was founded in 1839. My grandsons also both attended PreSchool in the educational wing of Holy Angels Church. While I was not raised as a Catholic, I have a deep faith in God, and I truly respect the faithfulness of my Cross and Larkins ancestors, as they played an active role in their church home, Holy Angels.