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Published June 25, 2011, 07:56 PM

A Rural Lankin Church Celebrates 125 Years

A rural Lankin man is happy to celebrate the anniversary of a church he has been a member of for 85 years. The Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in rural Lankin is 125 years old.

By: Lezlie Johnson, WDAZ

A rural Lankin man is happy to celebrate the anniversary of a church he has been a member of for 85 years.

The Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in rural Lankin is 125 years old.

It may take a little while to find this hidden church on a gravel road.

"This is one of the oldest rural Catholic

Churches in the Fargo Diocese, it was formed in 1886." church member Spencer Bina said.

But for those like Spencer Bina, being a part of this church is well worth it.

"We have a tremendous amount of young members and children and it's a very active parish with lots of energy." Bina said.

Bina is one of the 45 families attending this little church which has been around for 125 years. The reason for a parade, pig roast and musical celebration.

"It's a really close knit sense of community, people who really care about you. Families that are engaged in the Parish." newest member Mollie Shirek said.

Hundreds of people are taking part in this weekend celebration including some of the churches oldest members.

"Really surprised that there's so many people. there's a lot going on today and it's fun to see everybody because we know a lot of people around here." member James Shirek said.

The celebration is a reminder of what brings all these people together each Sunday, a church that so many keep coming back to.

"It's always been home, that's the main driver for me." Bina said.

"It's really growing, there's a lot of young families which is wonderful for us, we have 3 young children so it's been a really good fit for us."Shirek said.

The celebration ends Sunday with a church mass, lunch and games for the kids.

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