REFLECTIONS OF

FRAN MCGOWAN PETTICORD

7/26/93

IN LOOKING THROUGH THE CHURCH RECORDS PEGGY FOUND THAT LARSTON AND I HAO BEEN THE SECOND MARRIAGE TO TAKE PLACE AT HOLY CROSS AND SUBSEQUENTLY ASKED ME TO WRITE ABOUT MY MEMORIES OF MY WEDDING SINCE THE FIRST COUPLE IS NO LONGER IN THE AREA.

 

THE MCGOWAN FAMILY WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL SEVEN FAMI LIES THAT STARTED HOLY CROSS. SO WHEN IT CAME TIME FOR LARSTON ANO I TO GET MARRIED I DIDN'T WANT TO  GO TO ANY OTHER CATHOLIC CHURCH.

 

WE WERE MARRIED THE SATURDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING, NOVEMBER 27 1976. FATHER LEON BOLICH OFFICIATED. THE WEDDING TOOK PLACE IN THE OLD CHURCH BUILDING ON MAIN STREET. THE CHURCH WAS FAIRLY SMALL SO THAT POSED PROBLEMS WHEN IT CAME TO GUESTS. WE WENT TO THE CHURCH AND COUNTED HOW MANY SEATS WERE AVAILABLE ANO STARTED FROM THERE. THEN CAME THE DIFFICULT TASK OF COMING UP WITH A GUEST LIST THAT THE CHURCH COULD ACCOMMODATE . I CAN'T REMEMBER HOW MANY PEOPLE

WERE INVITED 3UT APPROXIMATELY 95  PEOPLE WERE IN  ATTENDANCE.

 

AT THAT TIME HOLY CROSS DID NOT HAVE AN ORGAN TO SPEAK OF SO THE MUSIC WAS THE NEXT PROBLEM WE HAO TO  OVERCOME. WE HAO TO GO OUT ANO RENT AN ORGAN AND ARRANGE FOR IT TO BE DELIVERED TO THE CHURCH FOR THE WEDDING. NEXT PROBLEM , WE HAD NO ORGAIST. WE CALLED FR!ENOS AND  FAMILY IN SEARCH OF AN ORGANIST ANO FINALLY  CAME UPON A FRIEND OF LARSTON'S FAMILY AND SHE AGREED TO PLAY. SHE WAS EVEN KIND ENOUGH TO GO WITH US TO F!ND A SUITABLE ORGAN TO RENT.

 

NEEDLESS TO SAY, THE CHURCH HAD NO FELLOWSDHIP HALL. THEREFORE THE LOCATION OF THE RECEPTION WAS NEXT ON OUR LIST. KERNERSVILLE DID NOT HAVE MUCH,TO CHOOSE FROM WHEN  II  CAME TO FACILITIES FOR RECEPTIONS SO WE CHOSE TO HAVE THE RECEPTION !N GREENSBORO .

 

LARSTON ANO I HA E CONTINUED TO LIVE IN KERNERSVILLE ANO ATTEND HOLY CROSS THESE PAST SEVENTEEN YEARS. OUR CHILDREN LARS AND RYAN WERE BAPTIZED ANO RECEIVED THEIR FIRST RECONCILIATION AND COMMUNION AT HOLY CROSS.

 

THE HOLY CROSS CHURCH HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL ANO SUPPORTIVE FAMILY AND THE PETTICORO FAMILY WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO WISH HER A HAPPY 20TH ANNIVERSARY.

 

FRAN NOWS WORKS AT THE HOLY CROSS CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER