When the church was the hub of community life
With its imposing presence in the heart of the village, the church offers a religious presence as well as a gathering place for the community. Our ancestors’ social and community life took place through the church. Loud auctions, political speeches, and news of current events took place on the church steps.
The church also bore the role of civil administrator as it held all civil records. Government decisions were announced by the priest during mass.
It also supported and oversaw activities of secular groups and associations. The church supervised popular festivities that took place for patron holidays. These festivities evolved into parades and processions delighting the population.
It is also within the church that we find refuge during conflict and catastrophes. Its bell rings to announce local tragedies, accidents, fires, but also the end of wars. It brings protection and comfort during difficult times.