Looking Back: San Miguel Mission Celebration in 1930
Excerpt from the Paso Robles Spotlight, Thursday, Oct. 2, 1930
San Miguel Mission Celebration Ready
Restoration to start this month according to Father Modesto
Sunday, Oct. 5, will be a red letter day for Mission San Miguel and its vicinity. The patron feast of the mission will be celebrated in the church by solemn services. The celebrant and preacher of the occasion will be the Rev. Dr. Joseph Rhode, 0. F. M. of the Santa Barbara Mission; the Gregorian chant will be rendered by Clerics of the same mission. The ministers at the solemn ceremony will be the Rev. Angelus, 0. F. M., of St. Anthony’s Seminary, Santa Barbara, and the Rev. Modesto, 0. F. M. of Mission San Miguel. The church services will begin at 10: 30. The Mission will be appropriately decorated by the Native Daughters of San Miguel.
Fete in cloister
After the ecclesiastical celebration barbecued meat, bread, coffee, and beans will be served in the Mission cloister. The Native Sons of San Miguel will be in charge of the barbecue. Visitors are requested to bring their own knives and forks. The main speaker of the secular celebration will be the Hon. Chris N. Jespersen of Paso Robles. The music will be rendered under the direction of B. E. Boardman of Paso Robles.
The people of the vicinity consider this fiesta a benefit for the restoration of this Mission. For this reason, an admission will be charged, adults fifty cents and children twenty-five cents.
The long-delayed but imperative work of restoration of the Mission will be begun this month. Certain conditions made it impossible to start this work at an earlier date. On account of possible rain, it is considered inadvisable to take down the roof of the church at this time and thus expose to irreparable damage the priceless mural decoration, which has never been retouched but is nevertheless in a splendid state of preservation. As a further safeguard, the ceiling will be protected by additional shoring. On the other hand, no serious damage from rain is feared, when the roof of the living quarters has been taken down.
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