Tomorrow is the 109th anniversary of the dedication of the church of Our Lady of Lourdes, my home parish, pictured above. "In 1898, the Spanish-American War erupted while Overbrook continued to grow. In November, the one-ton church bell was hung in the steeple. As the century faded, the parish was blossoming. In the final weeks of the century, the interior of the main church was completed, and the solemn dedication ceremonies were presided over by Archbishop Ryan on October 15, 1899."