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Bishop blesses restored interior of Utica church

Observer-Dispatch, Utica, N.Y. logo Observer-Dispatch, Utica, N.Y. 2/2/2020 By Edward Harris, Observer-Dispatch, Utica, N.Y.
a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Holy Trinity Church in Utica will celebrate its 125th anniversary next year. [EDWARD HARRIS / OBSERVER-DISPATCH] © EDWARD HARRIS / OBSERVER-DISPATCH/Observer-Dispatch, Utica, N.Y./TNS Holy Trinity Church in Utica will celebrate its 125th anniversary next year. [EDWARD HARRIS / OBSERVER-DISPATCH]

UTICA - Bishop Douglas Lucia helped celebrate mass Sunday morning at Holy Trinity Church.

He was at the church to bless its restored interior as a start of the church's 125th anniversary, which will be celebrated next year.

"It is wonderful to be here in Utica," Lucia said, shortly before going into a reading.

Part of the church's new interior includes 18 murals of saints who were elevated or are on the way to complete canonization. The murals were painted by Ryan Ritterbeck of Moosic, Pennsylvania.

a group of people standing around a table: Holy Trinity Church in Utica will celebrate its 125th anniversary next year. [EDWARD HARRIS / OBSERVER-DISPATCH] © EDWARD HARRIS / OBSERVER-DISPATCH/Observer-Dispatch, Utica, N.Y./TNS Holy Trinity Church in Utica will celebrate its 125th anniversary next year. [EDWARD HARRIS / OBSERVER-DISPATCH]

The portraits are mostly of saints canonized from 1930-2018.

The saints portraits include: the saints of the United States and North America: Marianne Cope of Utica, Isaac Jocques, Kateri Tekawitha, Katherine Drexel, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Jose Sanchez del Rio and Juan Diego.

The saints of Poland: Virgin Mary Of Podhale the Polish Mountain Region, John Paul the IInd, John of Dukla, John Sarkander, Faustina, George Popieluszko, Angela Truszkowska and Frances Siedleska.

a person standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Bishop Douglas Lucia helped celebrate mass Sunday at Holy Trinity Church in Utica. [EDWARD HARRIS / OBSERVER-DISPATCH] © EDWARD HARRIS / OBSERVER-DISPATCH/Observer-Dispatch, Utica, N.Y./TNS Bishop Douglas Lucia helped celebrate mass Sunday at Holy Trinity Church in Utica. [EDWARD HARRIS / OBSERVER-DISPATCH]

The universal saints St. Nicholas of Myra, Pius the Xth and Theresa of Calcutta.

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