St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin, Pennsylvania

St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin, Pennsylvania

St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin, Pennsylvania

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St. Maria Goretti Church is a Roman Catholic church in Laflin, Pennsylvania. It was named after St. Maria Goretti who was brutally murdered by Alessandro Serenelli.

St Maria Goretti

She was one of seven children of a poor family which lived in Corinaldo, Italy. She was only eleven years old when she was stabbed fourteen times while trying to protect her chastity from Alessandro. After countless hours of pain and suffering, she died in her home on July 6, 1902. After Maria’s death, Alessandro was imprisoned for many years and was unrepentant about the murder. Alessandro then became repentant when Maria came to him in a dream giving him flowers as a sign of peace and friendship. He asked for forgiveness from Maria’s mother shortly after and he was forgiven. For many years after that, he was a monastery gardener. On April 27, 1947, Pope Pius XII beatified Maria Goretti, and on June 24, 1950, she was canonized; her feast day is celebrated on July 6.

Formation of the Church

In the heart of a little town called Laflin Borough, a new church was established by Bishop J. Carroll McCormick, D.D., and was named St. Maria Goretti church on September 16, 1967. This central church was derived from four chapels in which all of the residents in the area belonged to: the Keystone Chapel, Saint Theresa Mission Chapel, Yatesville Chapel, and the Old Boston Chapel. The Keystone Chapel was established originally by Father James Mulholland who was the pastor of Sacred Heart...
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