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Comment on "Public Notice Regarding Historic Review of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church, 5500 Paris Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana with linked PDF attachments "
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Name: Cathy Beshel
City: Jackson, MS
former church building for St. Frances Cabrini Parish
Comments: "We are the body of Christ....the Church....the people of God."

After WWII, the St. Frances Cabrini Parish was formed for the huge numbers of returning veterans and their young families. In fact, the area adjacent to the site was called Legion Oaks, because the American Legion helped in the development of the neighborhood. We moved to Jackson, MS in 1960 (I attended SFC school thru 2nd grade). The church building hadn't been built yet. When it was built, the SFC parish was a thriving one catering to many large families (we eventually had 8 children in ours). As the decades passed and as most families today have 2-3 children, the congregation grew older and diminished. In 1979,
my husband and I bought a home in Gentilly Terrace, and later moved to our home in Lake Terrace in 1991. SFC was a much smaller parish. Though I appreciated the interior space of the church, rarely was it full of worshipers. The sculpture of the "Risen Christ", the altar, and some of the stained glass could certainly be re-used in the chapel for Holy Cross or saved for another SFC parish church when the need arises.

Enough of the historical significance of the parish....that would make a great WYES documentary, the educational and revitalization significance for the Gentilly area of Holy Cross School utilizing the site on Paris Avenue
for their new facilities is of much more critical importance to our beloved New Orleans. History is in the making- the way for our future success.